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“Private varsities play pivotal role in higher education”

Special Correspondent

Dr.Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Birthday Commemoration Award conferred

— Photo: S. Thanthoni

HONOUR: Justice A. Kulasekaran, Judge, Madras High Court presenting “The Dr. Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Birthday Commemoration Award” to V.C. Kulandaisamy, Chairman, Tamil Language Development Board, in Chennai on Tuesday. M.A.M. Ramaswamy, patron, the Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Memorial Trust, S.V. Chittibabu, former Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University and M.A.M.R. Muthiah, president of the trust, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: “The role of private sector in the field of higher education is inevitable. There is no point in blaming them for certain lapses. Instead of finding fault with their functioning, steps should be taken to streamline them,” V.C.Kulandaisamy, Chairman, Tamil Language Development Board, said here on Tuesday.

Receiving the Dr.Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Birthday Commemoration Award, instituted by the Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Memorial Trust, Dr.Kulandaisamy said the private universities in the country had played a pivotal role in the development of higher education. If the country had to become super power by 2020 then there should be at least 2,500 universities in the country. At present there were only 400 universities. Only 10 per cent of the students were pursuing higher education which should be increased to at least 20 per cent by 2020. For this more universities should be started. This was possible only with the support of the private sector.

Only by bringing revolution in education it was possible to attain the expected level of growth.

Stressing the need for starting more technical training institutes, Dr.Kulandaisamy said the present education was catering for the demand of the organised sector which constituted 9 per cent.

There were not sufficient training centres to cater to the demand of 91 per cent unorganised sector. Only 5 per cent of the people in this sector was literate. To improve their literacy more industrial training institutes should be started. More polytechnics and ITI should be started. He thanked the trust for conferring the award on him.

S.V.Chittibabu, former Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University, said the contribution of Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar to education, art, culture and Tamil music was phenomenal. Though born in an aristocratic family he dedicated his life to the poor. He was a man with lofty aims, he added.

A.Kulasekaran, Madras High Court Judge, handed over the award of Rs 1 lakh to Dr.Kulandaisamy.

M.A.M. Ramaswamy, patron of the trust, said the trust, started in 1956 by Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, had been giving the annual award to persons who had made outstanding contribution in the field of education, arts, literature, drama and economics.

M.A.M.R.Muthiah, president of the trust, read the citation which was presented to the award winner.

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