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TIRUCHI, MARCH 18. Educational institutions have a responsible role to play in equipping students to face change successfully, said Commandore S. Shekhar, Regional Director of the Southern Region of the Indian Institute of E-Business Management, Pune.
Addressing the 82nd Annual Day of Holy Cross College, Mr. Shekhar said the biggest challenges for students were managing change and making a choice from the plethora of career options. There was a possibility of confusion since in each profession there were a number of specialisations. With globalisation hitting the country in a big way, the demands of the corporate world have changed. In India, the corporate world sways between two influences, the Japanese culture of loyalty to an organisation (with the implicit understanding of the organisation's loyalty to the employee), and the American culture of loyalty to results and more specifically financial gains both on the part of the organisation as well as the employee.
He emphasised the need for educational institutions to modernise their placement and career counselling departments to help their students meet the challenges of the 21st century. To enhance their competency, students must be equipped with the knowledge of what to do, attitude of wanting to do, skill of how to do, and habit of actually doing things. Other vital attributes that students ought to imbibe are commitment, concentration and culture.
Mr. Shekhar regretted that in today's technology-driven world, success was measured by one's financial status, position in an organisation and political clout rather than values. Success at any cost, which seems to be the order of the day, was not ideal. He wanted educational institutions to think whether the cutthroat competition of the corporate world was responsible for evolving a new system of education where academic marks were more important than education.
Earlier, Mr. Shekhar and Rev. Sr. Celestine Perappadam, Provincial of the Province of Tiruchi, Order of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, honoured students of academic excellence with medals and prizes.
The principal, Sr. Rosy, presented the annual report. The correspondent, Sr. Georgia, spoke.
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