``Foreign education helps in personality growth''
Photo: K. Pichumani
TIPS FOR THE TRIP: Students leaving for U.K. getting their doubts cleared by experts.
At a pre-departure briefing for students going to the United Kingdom for education, students received advice, suggestion and help from bankers, alumni of various colleges and others who had settled down in that country after education.
Kartar Singh, deputy director, South India, British Council; B.M. Belliappa, president of Association of British Scholars, and a few recently graduated students spoke to the students about their experiences.
Speakers were eloquent about how the students' perception of their country would change. The social and academic environment that a foreign education gave, enabled a person to develop a rounded personality and the multi-cultural exposure was crucial in changing the perception of one's country. Education abroad helped to improve a person's social skills, bring vibrancy and change in a person's attitude.
Mr. Singh advised the students to shed inhibition and gain experience. It would be a test for students' analytical skills and would improve their career in multicultural companies, he said.
Change in mind is the spirit of education, Mr. Belliappa explained.
Students should take the responsibility of learning about how people behaved in other parts of the world.
Mr. Belliappa recalled his first trip to Britain in the 1960s when the world was not as troubled with terrorism as it is now. The security environment world over had changed in these years. He said the exposure to another country does make a difference as "it changes our perception of our country."
Students were briefed about the alumni support they could expect and were informed about ways to save money during their visit.
The programme was organised by the Association of Accredited Advisors on Overseas Education.
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