TAMIL NADU

`Per capita expenditure on education must not be reduced'

TIRUCHI, MARCH 17. Per capita expenditure on education should not be reduced on account of the vast student population and limited resources, said Air Vice Marshal, N. Natarajan, Vice-Chancellor of HNB Garhwal University, Uttaranchal.

Presiding over the 161st College Day celebration of the St. Joseph's College here recently, Dr. Natarajan said quality of education should not be compromised, and noted that the budgetary allocation for education was encouraging. The educational system, he said, must be transformed to suit the present requirements, through a joint approach by different sections of the society, including politicians, academics, and the student community.

He underlined a responsible role for institutions of academic excellence in structuring education in the direction of employment generation, and a focus in basic sciences research. With education assuming business proportions leading to brain drain, institutions should not only enhance the research output in basic sciences but also incorporate vocational education. Universities and colleges should also address the issue of first generation learners from poor socio-economic background. He also emphasised on career counselling and guidance, and value education in higher education institutions.

Presenting the annual report, the Principal, Fr. S. John Britto, listed the academic initiatives undertaken by the college as part of its CPE (College with Potential for Excellence) initiatives, and noted that the global scenario demands appropriate and relevant response from centres of higher education.

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