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M. Narendra, chairman and Managing Director, Indian Overseas Bank (left), presenting the certificate to R. Parthiban, who completed Advanced Business Communication Course run by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, on Sunday. S. Krishnamurthy, office-bearer, K. Srinivasan, course director, T.S. Krishna Murthy, chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Chennai Kenrdra are in the picture.
CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) is considering the launch of new courses apart from reviving a few programmes that were suspended, T. S. Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner and chairman of the BVB's Chennai Kendra said on Sunday.
In a special address delivered at the convocation of the first batch of working professionals who graduated out of the BVB's advanced business communication course, Mr. Krishnamurthy said it was proposed to start new courses and revive a few of the earlier ones.
The BVB could also utilise the premises of its school in Kilpauk to hold evening classes for working professionals, he said. Unlike some other BVB chapters, the Chennai Kendra had not been active on the educational front and it had even stopped some programmes. The success of the business communication course should encourage the launch of newer programmes, Mr. Krishnamurthy said.
M. Narendra, CMD, Indian Overseas Bank, who awarded certificates to the graduates, urged the candidates to keep challenging themselves and be receptive to criticism to progress in their careers. He also stressed the need for young professionals to adopt a positive mindset and have commitment to society.
Mr. Narendra assured the Kendra of the IOB's support in launching new courses in areas such as banking, business management, forex management and IAS preparation.
N. Ravi, vice-chairman of the BVB Kendra and Editor of TheHindu, said that even as a custodian and proponent of Indian culture, the BVB had been mindful of emerging needs of the younger generation for skill-based training in a changing world.
Stressing the importance of removing the mental barriers in communicating one's thoughts, Mr. Ravi called for introducing writing skill and communication courses in schools and colleges, even if such programmes were not made part of the examinations.
Even though technology had spawned shorter form of communication such as e-mail and text messaging, there was still an important role for the long form of communicating a long-drawn thought or a complex idea, Mr. Ravi said. K. Srinivasan, course director, said the programme, consisting of 120 hours spread over 40 days of three hours each, had been meticulously designed to meet the need of working professionals and industry.
The content included mind map, writing skills, public speaking, presentation, crisis communication, social and marketing communication, exposure to editing e-zines, podcasts and webinars and undertaking individual social responsibility projects.
Graduates of the course Parthiban and Sujatha shared their course experience. K. N. Ramaswamy and R. Vaidyanathan, BVB Directors, also spoke.
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