The Gross Enrolment Ratio of Tamil Nadu is 19 per cent, the highest in the nation, said P. Palaniappan, Minister for Higher Education, at Velammal Engineering College here on Sunday.

He was speaking at the valediction of Inspire 2013, a science exhibition organised by the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre.

“The Gross Enrolment Ratio of India is 15 per cent. The average ratio in the world is 23 per cent. As per the Chief Minister’s ‘Vision 2023’ we should achieve 25 per cent in the next ten years”, Mr. Palaniappan said.

He advised the students to think and find a solution for issues such as climate change, garbage disposal, alternative power and conservation of water resources. “Tamil Nadu gives priority to educational development than any other State and Rs.4,000 crore has been allocated to date for the free laptop scheme. In the past two years the government has inaugurated 51 colleges all over the State”, the minister said.

S.T.K. Jakkaiyan, special representative to Tamil Nadu government in New Delhi, asked the students to be assertive and courageous. “Do not procrastinate. Make use of the benefits given to you by the State and emerge successful”, he said.

M.V. Muthuramalingam, chairman of Velammal Educational Trust, said that the students should be instrumental in bringing about a change in the nation.

Forty one students have been selected to represent Tamil Nadu at the national level exhibition to be held in Delhi in October, according to P. Iyamperumal, executive director of the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre.

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