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Students urged to look beyond academics

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Education Secretary asks youth to explore career options other than professional courses



PROUD MOMENT: A.R. Aakash, an outstanding student of Standard XII, receives his trophy from Girija Vaidyanathan, Secretary, School Education Department (centre), on Friday. School dean Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy looks on. — Photo: S.S.Kumar

CHENNAI: A.R. Aakash had to wait for almost ten minutes before he could receive his prizes at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, T. Nagar on Friday. Not that the prizes were delayed, but the announcement of his list of achievements took that much time.

A science student of Standard XII of 2004-2005, he bagged 12 special and proficiency awards. He was one among the 100 students who took home prizes for their achievements in academics and extra-curricular activities.

Aakash, who secured first rank in science group, described it as a proud moment. He plans to take up chemical engineering in IIT-Madras. R. Deeptha of commerce group was another school topper with nine awards to her credit. K. Parvathi was presented the all-rounder award for class X.

It was an occasion to cherish for their proud parents.Girija Vaidyanathan, State School Education secretary, gave away the rolling shields, cups and certificates to students of class X and XII who excelled in academics, sports and discipline and other extra-curricular activities.

She said that students must look out for career options other than professional courses. They must not be rated on the basis of their academic performance alone, but on overall achievements. She advised the students to develop other interests beyond academics.

Reiterating that parents must recognise children's performance, school dean Y.G. Parthasarathy said the students must aim to excel in whichever career they pursue. She spoke about the PSBB Millennium School launched at Guindy this year with 850 students.

The prize-winners were quizzed by Ms. Parthasarathy about their career choices. While many were waiting for engineering counselling or IIT admission, some have joined law schools and others have opted for commerce, English, microbiology and bio-medical courses.

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