Financial difficulties are no more a constraint for talented students to pursue their goals, said the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras, R Thandavan.
He was speaking at the scholarship programme organised by Chennai Goods Transport Association Charitable Trust at the DG Vaishnav College in Chennai on Sunday.
The Vice-Chancellor said that more and more organisations were coming forward to help students from economically weaker sections of the society. “If students are determined to go forward with their education, there are a lot of institutions that are coming forward to help them,” he said.
He urged the students to fix their goals for their life and go forward with it. Guest of Honour at the event, Dean of IIT Madras L S Ganesh said that despite the vast human resources and a capable population, Indian students were lagging behind other countries when it came to competitiveness.
According to a recent survey conducted in 16 countries, India was ranked 114th in global competitiveness, he said. He asked the students to do their best to change the situation. “The future is in your hands,” he added, urging them to be pro-active.
The scholarships were awarded to 203 students from schools across the city, 175 for those belonging to the families of the Goods Transport Association Charitable Trust.
Meritorious students from economically weaker categories were given scholarships at the event.