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No age limit for getting an education, says Jeppiaar

Photo: Guiding students: Addressing a workshop organised by The Hindu Education Plus and AIMS Education, for students is Jeppiaar, Chancellor, Sathyabama Deemed University in Chennai on Wednesday. Other in the picture are Gita Prabhu, Director, AIMS (centre) and M.R. Sivakumar, Chief Circulation Manager, The Hindu (right). Photo: V. Ganesan

Photo: Guiding students: Addressing a workshop organised by The Hindu Education Plus and AIMS Education, for students is Jeppiaar, Chancellor, Sathyabama Deemed University in Chennai on Wednesday. Other in the picture are Gita Prabhu, Director, AIMS (centre) and M.R. Sivakumar, Chief Circulation Manager, The Hindu (right). Photo: V. Ganesan  

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Education is only 25 per cent of your life. Doing well is important but your role in society and as an Indian citizen is more important, said Jeppiaar, chancellor of Sathyabhama Deemed University.

He was speaking to nearly 1,900 students who attended Propel, a workshop conducted by The Hindu Education Plus and AIMS Education.

Mr. Jeppiaar told the standard XI and XII students that one of the things they would experience at every stage of their education was the need for discipline. "Once you finish school, you think you are a free bird. But college is a temple of education," he said.

Students should not allow themselves to be distracted till they were through with their education and that there was no age limit for getting an education, he said.

He himself had dropped out of school after class XI. He said he later got himself a law degree and is currently a student at Anna University along with his grandson.

The other speakers at the function included AIMS Education director Gita Prabhu, K.N. Ramachandran, chairman of Sakthi Mariamman Engineering College, P.V. Navaneethakrishnan, consultant at AIMS and M.R. Shivakumar, chief circulation manager of The Hindu . They all stressed that education should not be an end in itself but a signpost in life.

Too strenuous

The idea behind the workshop, said Ms. Prabhu, was to demonstrate through a series of simple experiments how learning maths, physics and chemistry could be fun. "I personally feel education has become too strenuous. My son and everyone in my family enjoyed life. Parents need to realise that children lose out on extra-curricular activities these days."

She said an IIT professor had told her that even though they had brilliant students for the past few years at IIT, creativity had suffered due to the stress on academics.

Students from 185 schools participated in the two-day workshop. On Thursday, the second day of the workshop, standard IX and X students would take part.

They were chosen on the basis of a test conducted among 22,000 students in February this year. The participants will also be instructed on soft skills such as overcoming test anxiety, time management, study skills development, memory enhancement techniques and overcoming stress. The sponsors for the event are Reynolds, Sakthi Mariamman Engineering College, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Air Hostess Academy and Sabol.

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