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More than a homecoming for the B-school alumni

S.S. Kavitha

"Few professions command respect as teaching does"



LOOKING BACK: P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of the Department of Management Studies in the city on Friday.

MADURAI: It is more than a `homecoming' for the alumni of the Department of Management Studies of Madurai Kamaraj University at its silver jubilee celebrations. The event, held at Dr. Mu. Va. Hall of the university on Friday, was filled with a riot of emotions.

Campus life always has fond memories and no student will have regrets. When one goes down memory lane, only the pleasant happenings of the campus crop up. Perhaps, that is what the magic of college life is all about. It was very much evident at Mu.Va. Hall that day.

Inaugurating the two-day celebrations, P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, said, "A real teacher is one who culls out the `inherent abilities or the sleeping knowledge' of the students and help them excel in their life and career and that is what G.P. Rao did." He was referring to the former Professor and Head of the department.

After lauding the department for the 12th rank it had achieved among 900-odd business schools in the country, the Vice-Chancellor urged them to work hard to grab the first slot.

Accepting felicitations, Prof. Rao, who was the guest of honour, said, "Though there are many kinds of professions, very few command generic respect as teaching does."

As catalysts

A teacher would get elated whenever the `taught' scaled greater heights and stressed that teachers should train students to have eye-to eye contact that symbolised self-respect and self-awareness. Above all, teachers should act as catalysts.

Old students from 1980 to 2005 batches from all over the country and abroad participated in the celebrations. For those who were not able to make it, they made their presence felt with posters with wordings `DOMS-MKU you made us' that were hung around the venue underscoring the sense of belonging.

An alumni-students interaction session was also arranged.

U. S. Rao, Head, DOMS, welcomed the gathering while K. Ravichandran, Regional Director, AICTE, an old student, proposed a vote of thanks.

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