MYSORE (TNN): Karnataka’s only women engineering college’s experiments to equip its students to face the competitive world are paying off. Mysore-based GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women focuses on soft skills to increase the employability of its students. For this, the college asked the students to take up yoga and meditation, which helped them to land good jobs during the campus placement drive.
When in 2007, the college constructed a meditation hall, it was conceptualized as an add-on facility to help the students ease out academic stress. The facility is now being used to accustom the girls to handle stressful situations, thus increasing their employability. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers. If students accommodate meditation in their routine, they can handle stress better. Even I do meditation here whenever I feel like,” said P Prakash, principal.
The placement officer M T Arasu said the practice was appreciated by recruiters, especially IT companies. “If students are trained to deal with tension and to discipline themselves, it will benefit them when they start working. Companies want employees who deliver within deadlines. It is here that yoga and meditation techniques are coming handy for the girls,” he said.
The training classes are not mandatory. “Influencing is better than insisting. Majority of the students opt for the session even if it is not the part of the curriculum. The specially-designed meditation hall will not be empty at any given point of time,” he added.
His students second the opinion. “Internals, assignments and projects had made my life stressful. But yoga and meditation has relieved me from study-related tensions. I feel refreshed, whenever I come out of the meditation hall,” said M G Sahana, a final year student of information science. “It has also helped me increase my concentration levels,” she added.