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Build entrepreneurship qualities in students, says Barnala

Special Correspondent

— Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala inaugurating Hindustan University in Chennai on Monday. Chancellor Ellizabeth Verghese (left), Environment and Sports Minister T.P.M. Mohideen Khan (third from right), Vice-Chancellor K. Sarukesi and Indira Gandhi National Open University Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajashekaran Pillai (right) are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Entrepreneurship should be a key part of professional education, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala told students and faculty at Hindustan University, which he inaugurated on Monday.

“Boasting of 100 per cent campus placements is not enough. Professional colleges and deemed universities should come out with concrete plans to build entrepreneurship qualities in students,” said the Governor.

The education system should make students creative and self-confident, he said.

“When students go out after graduation, they should not be job-seekers; they should be job creators and job providers…Entrepreneurship development should be part of the curriculum,” he said.

Indira Gandhi National Open University Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajashekaran Pillai pointed out that Hindustan University, formerly the Hindustan College of Engineering, was founded by K.C.G. Verghese on the premise of creating job opportunities through technical and vocational education.

Quality education

University Grants Commission secretary R.K. Chauhan praised the university’s linkages with industry, saying this was essential for quality education.

Sports scholarship

Environment, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister T.P.M Mohideen Khan awarded a sports scholarship to a member of the State cricket team, one of 50 scholarships worth Rs. 1 lakh each.

Similar merit scholarships were awarded to 50 students who had scored more than 95 per cent in Plus-Two examinations, but could not afford professional education.

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