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Youth must be professionally trained, says Vice-Chancellor

The Hindu dated 17 December 2006

Youth must be professionally trained and equipped with required skills so as to contribute to the country's technological development, said S. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Madras University, on Thursday.

Presiding over the three-day international conference on "Communication and Power Systems" hosted by Velammal Engineering College, he said that youth in the age group of 18 and 25 years would comprise 50 per cent of the country's population in 2020.

The population of educated youth must e increase to achieve the target of technological advancement in the coming decades, Mr. Ramachandran pointed out.

Education institutions must facilitate creation of knowledge for the technological development through professional training to students. Now, only three per cent of the students were undergoing professional education.

These youngsters, who had the opportunity of better education facilities, must realise their responsibility to contribute to the country's advancement and reach out to the underprivileged people, he said .

Such conferences must be organised to address the various issues concerning technological development. T.S. Vasudevan, former Chief General Manager of the Department of Telecom, highlighted the disparity between supply and demand of power systems.  

There was a shortage of around 20 per cent every year and electricity demand increased by 10 megawatts a year. The conference must address issues such as increase in efficiency and balance of loss during transmission and distribution of power. The problems of powerload management and industrial congestion need to be solved and the demand must also be disciplined to conserve the energy sources for future generation, he added

Means for best usage of other available energy resources, such as nuclear energy, tidal power and biogas need to be discussed. The conference must also discuss the means to make energy consumption affordable to customers like the cost reduction in telecom, he noted.

According to M.V. Muthuramalingam, chairman of Velammal Educational Trust, around 200 participants from India and abroad attended the meet. The conference saw 60 technical papers presented on subjects such as mobile networks, recent developments in power electronics and power system stability and control.

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