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‘Poverty alone not a criterion for part-time jobs’

Staff Reporter

— PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

FOR ONWARD MARCH: Collector V. Palanikumar (third left) launching Bharathiar University’s website for part-time jobs at the Government Arts College in Coimbatore on Thursday.

COIMBATORE: “Work should not be considered a form of slavery. It is a base for a dignified and quality life. So, part-time jobs need not be taken up by only those in need of money. Any student can work part-time,” Collector V. Palanikumar said here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the “University Centre for Students for Part-time Employment Service” of Bharathiar University at a function held at the Government Arts College, he pointed out that part-time jobs should be considered as doing something for self esteem and respect, rather than for money alone. “Self growth will result in growth of the country.”

The centre, located at C.S.I. Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science, would serve as a facilitation office for job seekers and job providers. Details are available on the website www.buparttimejobssupport.org. Students of the colleges affiliated to the university could visit the centre to register; or register on-line at bharathiuni@gmail.com. Employers too can register on the same id.

The centre representatives would shortlist the candidates and match them with the requirement of the employers. It would be done free of cost.

Mr. Palanikumar said that earlier education was for two reasons – one for employment and the other for life. “But, now both are important. One without the other is not relevant in today’s context,” he said.

Bharathiar University Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam said the number pursuing higher education was still a mere seven per cent. The XI Five Year Plan envisaged 20 per cent of youth taking up higher education. “Higher education is still not attractive as it is considered unaffordable and graduates are not ensured of a job. The part-time employment service will enable students earn and supplement the monthly income of the family. They will be able to take care of their educational needs themselves,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Lamenting that the scholarships did not meet the high fee structures of colleges, he observed that part-time jobs could be the best possible solution in sight. “I expect the centre to benefit at least 10,000 students this year. They can earn while they learn.”

He urged college managements to give a fillip to the “Earn While You Learn (within campus)” programme and the Kamarajar Trust scholarships to enable needy students make use of these facilities.

Even before the formal launch, nearly 80 students and 14 companies had registered to utilise the services.

M. Nagamani, principal of Government Arts College, and representatives from the industry attended the programme.

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