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Mentors need of the hour for universities: INSA scientist

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“Today, the universities need mentors as chief executives for their growth and the demography of their faculty should be as wide as possible,” T.P.Singh, INSA scientist, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has said.

Citing the Madras University in 1950s and 1960s, he said the team of professors was nurtured by the then mentor-vice-chancellors as a result of which they made substantial contribution in the field of science. “This approach is essential for promoting scientific research and its applications for the welfare of the entire mankind,” he said, delivering the convocation address at the Alagappa University in Karaikudi on Wednesday.

Besides mentors, the varsities also needed efficient faculty in large numbers for their growth and concrete contribution to society in terms of research.

Stating that India is a young nation with nearly 40 million people in the age group of 10 to 25, he said the country’s real wealth lies in this population. “If this human resource is well- educated, well-trained, and well-transformed, we would be able to provide commendable service to the whole world,”Mr.Singh said.

The future of economies of countries is very much dependent on pharmaceutical industry, which is a knowledge–based and human resource-intensive field, he said, adding Alagappa University can play a crucial role in this sector as it has already taken valuable lead in drug discovery research.

High Education minister K.P.Anbalagan said Tamil Nadu tops in enrolment of students in higher educational institutions with 44.2 per cent. As many as 24 TN varsities find a place in the top 100 universities in India, he said.

Vice-Chancellor S.Subbiah said the Alagappa University’s own Research Fund (AURF) has been increased to Rs.7 crore from Rs.5 crore. A Tamil Culture Museum as part of the Centre for Tamil Culture and a yoga centre have been established.

Governor-chancellor Banwarilal Purohit presided over the convocation and gave away degrees to candidates. He also conferred Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) on Ramanathan Vairavan, an eminent educationist and the grandson of Dr Alagappa Chettair, in recognition of his contribution to education and to the fields of Pharmacogenetics and Molecular Oncology. Prof. S. Karutha Pandian, a senior Professor of the University, was awarded the D.Sc.degree for the first time in the history of the varsity.

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