Jayalalithaa’s foresight helped Tamil Nadu fly high in education sector: CM Palaniswami

The State has achieved tremendous growth in education due to the foresightedness of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who knew that education would alone alleviate poverty, Palaniswami said. 

Published: 30th April 2017 03:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th April 2017 03:53 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami addressing a gathering at the golden jubilee celebration of his alma mater, Sri Vasavi Arts and Science College in Erode on Saturday | Express

By Express News Service

ERODE: Tamil Nadu leads the nation in higher education, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Attending the golden jubilee celebration of his alma mater, Sri Vasavi Arts and Science College, Erode, on Saturday, he said that the State has achieved tremendous growth in education due to the foresightedness of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who knew that education would alone alleviate poverty.

In line with her vision, between March 2011 and March 2017, 6.3 lakh laptops were distributed in the State, 959 new courses were started, 8.51 lakh bus passes were provided, 74 students and 54 teachers have been to the UK for research, 10,598 SC, BC students were given special training in English and Maths, he pointed out.

Besides this, Rs 36,000 was granted each for 514 students for research, Rs 25,000 each for 177 poor students to study BE/B Tech and Rs 22.72 crore as stipend for first generation graduate students. Apart from launching 62 government arts colleges, IAS study centres were also started in Chennai and Madurai, he stated.

Mentioning the reference of good teachers in ancient Tamil poet Bavanandhi’s Nannool, he asked teachers to act according to the guidelines prescribed in the book to educate children well. Students should follow good teachers to come up in life and parents should help their wards focus on education and shine in all fields, he added. He lauded the college for creating many successful educationists, businessmen, etc.

Ministers K A Sengottaiyan, P Thangamani, K Anbazhagan, K C Karupanan, Collector Dr S Prabakar, many MLAs, college secretary S Himavathi, president N Sudhakar, principal N Jayakumar attended the function. Perundurai MLA Thoppu ND Venkatachalam was conspicuous in his absence.

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