Government arts and science colleges can look forward to develop their infrastructure and educational facilities during 2010-11 with adequate allocations from the whopping budgetary allotment of Rs. 1,751 crore for higher education, the State Transport Minister K.N. Nehru said on Thursday.

With facilities upgraded so far, government arts and science colleges were now able to function on a par with private institutions. By virtue of the free education in government colleges, the poor students have been spared of the need to spend heavily for admission in private self-financing colleges, Mr. Nehru said addressing the 37th annual day celebration of the Government Arts College at Thuvakudi. Referring to the large-scale up-gradation of schools into middle, high and higher secondary institutions, he said Tamil Nadu during the DMK regime had been making unprecedented progress on the educational front. The Government has allotted Rs. 10,148 crore for school education in this fiscal.

IT companies were poised to create an economic impact in this region on a par with that of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. Tiruchi, he said, was the most preferred destination for IT investment next only to Chennai, exuding confidence that the quality of education and employability of students in Tamil Nadu will go up further when foreign universities set up base, and the Indian Institute of Management is established in Tiruchi.

At the ‘Kalaignar 86' Job Fair in Tiruchi, 96,000 candidates were interviewed and of them 36,000 received appointment orders. The Minister honoured meritorious students on the occasion with certificates in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Tiruchi City Corporation M. Anbazhagan, MLA of Tiruverumbur constituency K.N. Sekaran. The Chairman of Thuvakudi Municipality E. Kayambu, the District Panchayat Member K.S.M. Karunanidhi, and the Secretary of Alumni Association A. Abdul Kuthoos also took part. Presiding over, the Principal K. Nirmala urged Mr. Nehru to initiate steps for enhancing the infrastructural facilities and starting additional courses.

R. Thyagarajan, Head, Department of Commerce, presented the annual day report. J. Manjula, Head, Department of Chemistry welcomed the gathering. P. Thamaraichelvi, Head, Department of Physics, proposed a vote of thanks.