Chennai, Apr 18: Students should build character and help the poor and &13;needy people with compassion and dedication to take the nation on the path of &13;development, Tamil Nadu Human Rights Commission Chairman A S Venkatachalamoorthy &13;said.
Speaking at the College Day function of the Easwari Engineering &13;College, a part of the SRM Group of Institutions here last evening, he exhorted &13;the students to pursue higher education, while at the same time emphasised the &13;point of taking knowledge to the lower and underprivileged sections of the &13;society.
He advised the students to be humble, compassionate and have &13;self-confidence to attain success.
Quoting extensively from the words of &13;Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha, he said that serving the society &13;would not end unless the poor and the needy were benefitted.
College &13;Principal R Armugam said 226 students were placed during the last year and 296 &13;students got their offer letters this year.
He said the college has &13;proposed to introduce one undergraduate programme in civil engineering and two &13;postgraduate programmes in software engineering and communication systems. &13;
He also said there would be an increase in the intake of students from &13;60 to 120 in mechanical engineering, EEE and management studies this &13;year.
Chancellor of SRM University T R Pachamuthu and Pro Vice-Chancellor &13;R Shiva Kumar also spoke on the occasion.