CHENNAI: Several new initiatives were announced during the silver jubilee celebrations of the M O P Vaishnav College for Women here on Wednesday.
At an event held at the Music Academy to mark the completion of its 25th year of existence, the college management announced the launch of a Centre for Excellence under which 20 certificate courses would be provided.
Courses such as financial modelling and film making would be part of the certificate courses taught over a duration of 40 hours. Further, the launch of 32 extra-curricular and co-curricular clubs were announced during the event.
A marathon, the proceeds from which would be donated to educate girl children, will be organised by the college on August 7.
Vellore Institute of Technology Chancellor G Viswanathan chose the occasion to trace the evolution of women’s education in the country.
“We have always associated goddess Saraswathi with education, but ironically women are denied education,” he said.
Stressing the need for a six per cent GDP allocation for education, Viswanathan said that a country cannot call itself advanced if education was not given the importance it deserved.
“At least 14 crore students eligible for higher education. But our institutions have the capacity to accommodate only about three crore students. The rest are left out,” he said.
Earlier, the students of the institution’s ‘School of Media’ made an audio-visual presentation that captured the 25-year journey of the college.
A commemorative postage stamp that carried the silver jubilee logo of the institution was released by chief guests P David Jawahar, Registrar, University of Madras (guest of honour) and G Viswanathan.