MARG KARAIKAL PORT & M.S.SWAMINATHAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION
JOINTLY ORGANISED
CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAMME

~Over 350 students participated and benefited from this programme~

~This is the first time that a career guidance program of this scale has been organized in Nagappatinam~

Nagapattinam, May 15, 2011: MARG Karaikal Port Pvt. Ltd. in association with M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation today organised a Career Guidance Programme at Nagapattinam for the student community in the district. Present the occasion was Captain Prasad Rebala, Sr. Vice President, Port Operations, MARG Karaikal Port and senior functionaries from MSSRF.

The fair commenced with release of "Career Guidance Booklet" – an exhaustive booklet on career options. The booklet [provided a detailed insight into various career streams that youngsters from Nagapattinam can pursue. The objective of this booklet was to guide and channelize the resources available with these youngsters in the most optimal manner and in tune with their skill sets.

As a part of MARG Karaikal Port's CSR initiatives, this program has been designed to benefit the students and provide them with valuable and constructive information on higher education, degree and the diploma courses.

Commenting on this noble initiative, Captain Prasad Rebala, Sr. Vice President, Port Operations, MARG Karaikal Port said, "It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of this educational programme. At MARG Karaikal Port, our CSR efforts are always community driven and we follow the model of inclusive growth and wholesome development."

He further added, "The rural students do not have many opportunities for exposure to the spectrum of educational choices available. A lot of our bright students hence, miss out on lucrative careers on account of this. We are glad to collaborate with MSSRF for this program and I am happy that we have been able to contribute fruitfully to the student's community of this region."

The guidance fair witnessed over 350 enthused students from Nagapattinam and the neighboring districts. To support the cause, the fair witnessed dignitaries and experts from various educational institutes and corporate houses like Thiru. R. Gajendran - Senior Manager, Indian Bank, Nagapattinam, Thiru. M.A. Abubacker Siddique - District Employment Officer, Nagapattinam, Thiru. Govindarasu - Correspondent, Prime Industrial Centre, Kilvelur, Thiru. A. Mohamed Ismail - HOD Department of Biotechnology, E.G.S Pillay Arts and Science College, Thiru. Govindarassu. A. - Principal, National Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Karaikal, Thiru. M. Chinnadurai – HOD, Department of Computer Science, E.G.S Pillay Engineering College, Nagapattinam, Thiru. J. Kanagasekaran – Head Master, NSB Higher Secondary School, Karaikal, Thiru. R. Rajkumar, VRC Coordinator, MSSRF, Pudukottai (Video Conferencing), Thiru. D.S. Francis – The commanding officer, Indian Coast Guard Station, Mandapam (Audio Conferencing).

The career guidance were given to the students in the spheres of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), Arts & Science courses, Polytechnic & Technical Education, Catering courses, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Coastal Aqua Culture, Agricultural courses, Veterinary and animal sciences, Engineering courses and Law education.

Apart from education, MARG Parivarthan also supports the cause of health, vocational training, community infrastructure, environment, relief and rehabilitation welfare programmes and women empowerment.

ABOUT MARG Karaikal Port

MARG Karaikal Port is a premier, hi-tech, all weather port on the South East coast of India. It is the only all weather, deep water, multi-commodity port between Chennai port and Tuticorin port and is strategically located at the middle of this 680 km coastline.

Awarded under BOT basis by the Government of Puducherry, Karaikal Port is in the process of completing 2nd phase of expansion leading to a 21 MMTPA capacity by end 2011. The port will have 5 berths including fully mechanized coal berths, depth upto 16.5 mtrs, liquid cargo handling capabilities and specialized warehouses for agro products. Capacity to handle large vessels and diverse cargo, single window clearance, E2E logistics, state-of-the-art equipment, competitive tariffs and an ideal location are hallmarks of the MARG Karaikal Port. More information on MARG is available on http://www.karaikalport.com

More information on MARG is available on http://www.karaikalport.com

About MARG Parivarthan:

MARG PARIVATHAN - The CSR arm of MARG Karaikal Port, is born out of a vision to master plan the existing social fabric. Inclusive growth has been the guiding philosophy of MARG Karaikal Port through which it ensures that the surrounding population is included in the development processes and the progress is two way & mutual.

At MARG Karaikal Port CSR initiatives are developed as a business model, well integrated within its business operation. The company commits for a complete SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION of the neighborhoods with sustained and diligent focus through a spectrum of community development programmes under 9 different thematic areas viz. Education, Health, Skill Training & Employment, Community Infrastructures, Environment, Relief & Rehabilitation, Welfare programmes, Culture & Sports promotion and Social Cause promotion.

About MSSRF:

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation is a non-profit research organization and was established in 1988. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has all along been developing and following a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-women and pro-sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods through appropriate ecotechnology and knowledge empowerment.