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Six New Engineering Colleges Inaugurated
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said that the DMK government was following the path of former Chief Minister Kamaraj by providing higher education to students of Tamil Nadu.
Inaugurating six engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University, the Chief Minister said while Kamaraj ensured basic education for those who were denied it, the DMK government was providing them higher education, too.
Further growth in higher education would make Tamil Nadu bloom.
The colleges have been set up at Tindivanam, Villupuram, Panruti, Ariyalur, Thirukuvalai and Ramanathapuram.
Reacting to Anna University Vice-Chancellor, who compared him to Bhishma and Drona, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was regrettable he was likened to a character who demanded the thumb of Eklayva, an archer who belonged to the lower caste.
The Chief Minister laid the foundation for Tamil Nadu Open University building and the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education office, and released books published by the council.
The Open University building would be constructed at a cost of Rs.12.5 crore at Saidapet.
The office of the Higher Education Council is coming up on Kamaraj Salai at a cost of Rs.80 lakh.
Earlier Mr. Karunanidhi distributed cash prizes and certificates to 10 best teachers, 6 researchers and 3 best educational institutions.
Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy said abolition of common entrance test had paved the way for the entry of more and more rural students into engineering colleges.
Higher Education Secretary K. Ganesan said 13 per cent of the students in the age group of 18-24 were getting higher education in Tamil Nadu while the national average was only 7 per cent.
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