CHENNAI:There is a simple saying in Sikhism — whether you earn Rs 100 or one lakh, you should learn to set aside 10 per cent of it to help the underprivileged, said Swaran Singh IAS, at the free college textbook distribution event by Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidyalaya Trust on Thursday. “It was the vision of people like Jaigopal Garodia ji (founder of the school) that has helped better the field of education,” he said. The audience stood up to pay their respects to the founder.
Swaran expressed his adoration for recent women IAS achievers and wished girl students present at the event good luck for their studies. “Each one is capable of scaling great heights,” he added. That apart, he asked students to respect their parents as it was their prayers that had put them ahead in life, and teachers.
Shashi Swaran Singh, principal of Jaigopal Garodia Matriculation School, Virugambakkam, and her team of teachers were honoured at the event for achieving 100 per cent pass result this year, while the former head of Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited (TAMIN), gave away books to a few students.
The book bank, which was founded in the year 2000, has a collection of over 33,000 textbooks and 588 titles covering subjects like computer science, engineering, sciences, arts, management studies, commerce and accounts. Students can borrow and return the books after their examinations.
All they have to do is provide their address and college-attested copy of the book bank application form. “We are giving books to around 252 students today, and will be distributing books to 7,000 students by the end of July,” said Keshavan, chief co-ordinator, Jaigopal Garodia Charitable Book Bank.