Students' role in development

The National Service Scheme volunteers of nine colleges, including the Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College in Sivakasi, proved that students are not just after fun, but have a role in the overall development of the country.

Out of the five Sundays in February, they spent four Sundays to go around the various rural pockets of the Srivilliputtur Assembly constituency. They spent the whole day interviewing the people for a socio-economic survey to identify the poor and the downtrodden so as to enable the Government to plan a suitable poverty alleviation programme.

Around 500 students from the nine colleges in the district met around one lakh people during their four-day interaction. "The survey helped the students realise the socio-economic reality of the rural people," the ANJA college NSS Programme Officer, D. Bose, said.

The nex generation always remains a focus of discussion. With the objective of updating talent and technology for the youth, a hi-tech mela, `NEXGEN'04', was conducted by the Computer Science department of the Madurai Sivakasi Nadars Pioneer Meenakshi Women's College, Poovanthi.

The two-day event held on February 24 and 25 laid stress on tools and techniques in data mining and warehousing.

Muthuramalingam, chairman, Velammal Education Trust, inaugurated the meeting and highlighted the importance of quality education and communication skills. Around 130 students took part in the event. Students presented papers and an exhibition was held for Plus-Two students of the Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School and government higher secondary schools of Tiruppuvanam and Manalur.

The National Social Service volunteers of the Syed Hameedha Arts and Science College at Keelakkarai organised a free dental camp for school students in the Sermathai Vasan Middle School at Mayakulam recently.

Impressed by the NSS students' dedicated team work, Ramesh, a doctor of the Government Hospital, Keelakkarai, came forward to impart free dental treatment and check-up. More than 200 students were given free treatment.

The medical team provided tablets free of cost to the students who were identified as having symptoms of vitamin and calcium deficiency. After the medical camp, the team conducted a `dental awareness programme' in the same village.

Saraswathy Ramanathan, a noted Tamil scholar, inaugurated the Ladies Association of the Alagappa Government Arts College at Karaikudi recently.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Saraswathy Ramanathan asked the students to come out of shackles to achieve things. The day was not far off when an Indian woman would land on the moon and spread the glory of India all over the world. It was not only her wish but also the wish of the President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

Moreover, Meyyappan spoke about the role of women in society.

Exhibit skills, explore options, expand knowledge, experiment with wisdom and enjoy the thrill. True to these words, students of the Computer Department in the Rama Prabha College of Arts and Science in Dindigul organised a national science exhibition recently.

Controlling remote devices through computer, automated voice generation, computerised music composition, network tutorial system, and automated Tamil translation from English were expressions of creativity, imagination and innovation.

Physics students displayed models on non-conventional energy such as solar drier and heater and solar cooker, Commerce students demonstrated procedures of income tax, evolution of marketing system, banking system and insurance schemes. There were also models for cottage industries and candle-making units.

Melting man and planetarium were star attractions of the exhibition. Children from different schools visited the two-day exhibition.

The two-day Inter-State Youth Festival — Eugenix '04 — held under the joint auspices of the Departments of Management Studies and Computer Application of the Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam, in Kanyakumari district recently, showcased the talents of the students.

Nearly100 students gave a scintillating performance. The Women's Christian College, Nagercoil, won the overall championship and the Leo Antony of Muslim Arts College, Thiruvithamcode and the Reshma Bruce of Holy Cross College, Nagercoil received the Mr. Eugenix and Miss Eugenix titles respectively. The students from various college in Tamil Nadu and Kerala took part in the competitions such as quiz, turncoat, paper presentation, communication gap, puzzles, dance and fashion show.

Earlier, Christian Babu, secretary of the CSI Diocese, inaugurated the collegiate session.

The South Asian Ecumenical Programme Coordinator, Vinod Victor, the principal V. Ebenezar, the correspondent K. Vincent, professors. C. T. Sam Luther, Jai Singh, Gnanadhas and Justin Carthu were among those who participated. Well known cine star Riaz Hassan who was the chief guest at the valedictory, distributed prizes to the winners and the coordinator, Ligin Shaji, presented the report.

(Contributed by S. Sundar and Shastry V. Mallady in Madurai, P. S. Suresh Kumar in Ramanathapuram, K. Raju in Dindigul and J. V. Siva Prasanna Kumar in Nagercoil.)

(Contributed by S. Sundar and Shastry V. Mallady in Madurai, P. S. Suresh Kumar in Ramanathapuram, K. Raju in Dindigul and J. V. Siva Prasanna Kumar in Nagercoil.)