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“Chennai Consulate issues more U.S. visas''

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India is the centre of economic dynamism, says Andrew T. Simkin at a Graduation Day function

Photo: D. GOPALAKRISHNAN

MOMENT OF HONOUR: U. S. Consul-General Andrew T. Simkin conferring degree on a student at the Graduation Day of Arunai Engineering College in Tiruvannamalai on Thursday. —

TIRUVANNAMALAI: There is so much talent in South India and the U.S. Consulate-General in Chennai issues more visas to talented workers than any other U.S. Consulate world over, said Andrew T.Simkin, U.S. Consul General in Chennai.

He said there are about one lakh Indian students studying in the U.S. which is higher than the number of students from any other country.

Delivering the graduation address at 12 {+t} {+h} Graduation Day of Arunai Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai, he said, “India is the centre of economic dynamism as it has been in the past. Now it is time of unprecedented pace of change.” He said that learning should not be for mere career sake and it should be for society as a whole and studying was not only technical study and it was also important to read people such as Ramanamaharishi, Gandhi, Periyar and Annadurai.

“Rapid economic change in India leads to changes in lifestyles, families and social indicators. South India as a region is bettering in social indicators such as life expectancy, literacy, education levels and in empowering women. Many of you would have achieved higher level of education than your parents and grand-parents could have achieved. Many of the poor families are producing some of the top exam toppers in India. I like to urge graduates that as you move forward and achieve things and perhaps go beyond achievements of your parents and some of your family members you must remember roots and the wisdom of your parents and grand-parents. Stay in contact with from where you come from,” Mr. Simkin said.

E. V. Kamban, Managing Director of the college, delivered welcome address. Vice-chairman E.V.Kumaran presented mementos to Mr. Simkin and his wife Elizabeth Simkin. Principal M.Arumugam delivered graduation day preamble.

A total of 596 candidates received graduation at the hands of Mr.Simkin.

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