Rajalakshmi Engineering College (REC), Chennai celebrated its 20 years of academic excellence on October 28, 2017 with a conclave on “How to gain from India’s Demographic Dividend: The Way Forward, a focus on skills for the next generation jobs” and also inaugurated a 25,000 sq.ft, state-of the-art “Tech Lounge” in the campus on this occasion.
Mr. K. Pandiarajan, Honourable Minister for Tamil Official Language & Tamil Culture, Mr G.K. Vasan, Former Union Minister for Shipping and Mr T. Manikandan, Director (Engineering), Amazon Development Centre India Pvt. Ltd., were the special guests for the function. On this occasion, Mr. Pandiarajan and Mr Vasan inaugurated the REC Tech Lounge housing state of the art computers and a Technology Incubation Centre.
In his address at the conclave, Mr Pandiarajan said that, with new digital technologies impacting life and business, students should develop an attitude to look at their career differently. “You (Students) should lay greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and creation of more job opportunities,” he added.
Mr Vasan lauded the efforts of Rajalakshmi Institutions for planning all its academic and other activities for providing high quality education to all its students. He also said that students should go beyond textbooks and curriculum. Mr Vasan exhorted students to take extra efforts to learn modern developments and gain specialised updated knowledge.
Mr Manikandan said, "when we say machines are taking over human jobs in the present scenario, we also should realize we need people with expertise to formulate algorithms and codes that drive these smart machines. This is where the job requirements are changing."
Dr. (Mrs) Thangam Meganathan, Chairperson, Rajalakshmi Institutions pointed out that about 16,000 students had passed out of this college with flying colours and have been contributing to the society as very responsible citizens.
Dr S.N. Murugesan, Principal of the college pointed out that the students are trained in the institution with multidisciplinary approach so that they acquire the necessary skills, apart from theoretical knowledge in their chosen and allied programmes.
Past Principals, teachers and non-teaching staff who have put in long years of service in the institution were honoured on this occasion.