Volunteers to be trained in guiding foreign delegates for Tamil meet

GETTING SET:Volunteers of the Foreign Delegates Contact and Care Committee for the World Classical Tamil Conference being photographed for issue of identity cards at the Bharathiar University in Coimbatore on Monday.

GETTING SET:Volunteers of the Foreign Delegates Contact and Care Committee for the World Classical Tamil Conference being photographed for issue of identity cards at the Bharathiar University in Coimbatore on Monday.

COIMBATORE: Student and teacher volunteers of the Foreign Delegates Contact and Care Committee (a part of the reception committee) of the World Classical Tamil Conference were informed that a foreign delegate would be assigned a volunteer on a one-to-one basis for their assistance, at an orientation programme held at the Bharathiar University on Monday.

Addressing a group of 160 students and teachers, Secretary to Government (Public) D. Jothi Jagarajan said there would be approximately 85 to 120 foreign delegates. “Research scholars from Malaysia and Singapore will attend. Some from China and Iran are also likely to attend. They will be received at the airport by the reception committee members and each guest will be assigned their personal co-ordinator who will assist them with the travel, accommodation, and conference proceedings,” Mr. Jagarajan said.

The foreign delegates’ committee consisted about 160 members. Personal details of the volunteers had been recorded and a database would be made ready. This would be matched with the profile of each guest and accordingly each volunteer – either a teacher or a student – would be assigned a guest. Details about their personal coordinator would be sent to each guest even before they arrived in Coimbatore. Each volunteer would be given a printed task list. At no point should a guest be stranded, he said.

He urged students to show restraint in handling the guests and also to brush up their communication skills. They were also told to gain knowledge about the culture and heritage of the place.

Reiterating Mr. Jagarajan’s points, Vice-Chancellor C. Swaminathan urged the students to ensure that no guest had any unpleasant moment.

“Out of the 1,020 research articles received, 240 are from foreign delegates. From these, 105 are by the visiting foreign delegates who will be presenting them in the 88 sessions to be held in 22 centres on four days. The personal co-ordinators will have to ensure that arrangements for their presentations are made without any hurdle,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Co-ordinator R. Venkatapathy briefed the volunteers on the conference proceedings, their role, and networking among themselves, with other committees, and the co-ordinator. Training programmes in communication skills and cultural heritage would be held in the coming days.

Source : The Hindu

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  1. what is the actual procedure for working as a volunteer?


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