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“Educational revolution going on in State”

Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: A revolution is taking place in the field of education in Tamil Nadu. Schools are upgraded, new colleges are opened and necessary infrastructure is created, said K. Ponmudy, Higher Education Minister.

Speaking at a function held at Pidagam to give away educational aid to the meritorious students, he handed over laptops worth Rs. 10 lakhs to 31 students who had scored over 479 marks in the Standard X public examinations (Tamil medium) conducted in March 2009.

He said under the Education for All scheme, additional class rooms, libraries and laboratories were being built, and the school dropouts were identified and made to continue education.

In girls’ schools basic amenities were improved. Free textbooks, notebooks, scholarships, free bus passes were given and hostel accommodation was provided to the poor students hailing from the rural areas, he said.

Mr. Ponmudy said education and agriculture were the two determining factors for growth and in both aspects Tamil Nadu was doing extremely well.

In the last three years, Villupuram district had registered a marked improvement in SSLC and Plus Two results; compared to last year, the pass percentage had gone up by 6.2 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

This could be possible because of the filling up of all the vacancies of teachers and upgrading the schools.

In the past three years, 35 middle schools in the district were elevated as high schools and 24 high schools elevated as higher secondary schools.

Minister’s wife Visalatchi Ponmudy gave away free notebooks and bags to 489 students through the Siga Trust. Later, the Minister distributed free colour television sets at Arasamangalam and Kuchipalayam.

He said by the end of the current financial year, all the 1,104 panchayats in the district would be covered under the scheme. Collector in-charge C. Kathiravan, Chief Educational Officer P.A. Naresh and others participated.

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