Vels Univer­sity cel­e­brates a star-stud­ded sil­ver ju­bilee

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI - @ Chen­nai

THE Vels Univer­sity, Pallavaram, cel­e­brated its sil­ver ju­bilee along with its Chan­cel­lor Isari K Ganesh’s golden ju­bilee on Sat­ur­day. To mark the oc­ca­sion, the univer­sity opened the cen­tral in­stru­men­ta­tion lab­o­ra­tory and re­leased a sil­ver ju­bilee mag­a­zine.

“I still re­mem­ber Ganesh com­ing to my of­fice as a young 25-year-old. Now, he has built an em­pire,” said chair­man of Apollo Hos­pi­tal, Prathap C Reddy. He added “This is the same su­per-hu­man abil­ity that should be used by young­sters to build the nation”

Vels was started by late ac­tor and politi­cian, Isari Ve­lan to serve so­ci­ety. His son, the present Chan­cel­lor, launched a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sci­ences course in 1992 when he him­self was just 25 years old. Later, one in­sti­tu­tion was started per year.

The in­sti­tu­tions grew to be a Deemed Univer­sity in 2008. The univer­sity now has more than 25,000 students study­ing in var­i­ous de­part­ments.

DMK leader M K Stalin who was present to greet Isari K Ganesh dis­trib­uted the prizes for the best non-teach­ing staf f mem­bers.

“When I was study­ing in law col­lege, I re­mem­ber Isari K Ganesh do­ing his mas- ters in Pachaiyappa’s Col­lege. We used to stand to­gether for the lan­guage and the nation in our strug­gles,” said VCK president Thol Thiru­mavala­van.

Ac­tors Surya and Karthik ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the Chan­cel­lor for help­ing them in the Agaram foun­da­tion. They also thanked the Chan­cel­lor for the free ed­u­ca­tion the univer­sity im­parts to sev­eral students.

Ac­tor and pro­ducer Vishal re­mem­bered the moral and fi­nan­cial sup­port given by Isari K Ganesh who has also pro­duced movies. “There could be no other best ed­u­ca­tional sup­porter than Isari K Ganesh,” said ac­tor and politi­cian Sarath Ku­mar and Rad­hika Sarath Ku­mar.

Many vet­eran ac­tors on the stage ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the univer­sity and the Chan­cel­lor for sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion to grow in the state.

The crowd was pleased to see a ‘Bigg Boss’ star Gay­athri and the ac­tor-cou­ple Prasanna and Sneha who were present along with ac­tor Chinni Jayanth.

The gath­er­ing at­tracted a large num­ber of ac­tors and politi­cians, in­clud­ing DMK president M Karunanidhi’s wife Rasathi Am­mal, for­mer min­is­ter Ar­cot Veerasami and di­rec­tors Vasu, Shankar and Bakiaraj and ac­tors Nasser, Pon­va­n­nan, Man­soor Ali Khan and May­il­sami.

S SENBAGAPANDIYAN

Ac­tor Karthi (C) ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, as (from L) ac­tor Chinni Jayanth, Chan­cel­lor Isari K Ganesh, ac­tors Vishal (2nd R) and Suriya (ex­treme R) look on |

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