Founder-Chancellor of VIT University G. Viswanathan on Wednesday urged the State government to improve the quality of the schools run by it, so that they could compete with private schools.
Speaking at the 20th anniversary celebrations of Hamsadhwani, he said the government should not interfere too much in the affairs of private institutions.
He felicitated Mrs. Y.G.Parthasarathy, dean and director, Padma Seshadri group of schools and S.P. Ambrose, retired IAS officer and a pioneer in the running of neighbourhood newspapers, who received the 'Distinguished Citizens of the Year Award – 2010' awarded by the sabha and Sri Krishna Sweets.
Mrs. Y.G.P., said Hamsadhwani's founder-secretary R. Ramachandran (fondly known as RRC among friends), was her friend, philosopher and guide.
Hamsadhwani also honoured The Music Academy. President of The Music Academy and Senior Managing Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. N.Murali received the honour.
Cleveland V.V. Sundaram, patron of arts, said The Music Academy was considered the pinnacle of performance spaces not just in India, but globally. Col. S.R. Raju of the Youth hostel was also honoured.