Students of Archakar Training Schools which were formed by the State government at 6 famous temples in the State, to train candidates from across castes in the archakar profession, have formed an association and decided to demand the government the kind of employment they aspired for.

The first set of students of Archakar Training School at Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple here, became dejected as they could not find employment even after they had successfully completed the one-year course stipulated by the government. “After we have formally completed the course, government suddenly extended the course in to second year, which was not part of the course initially. Though we obliged to this too, classes were held only for first two months of the second year. Now only teachers are getting salary but there is no certainty about our future. Even if there is a legal tangle no one is there to explain to us about the case and its position. So, we have formed an association named ‘Tamil Nadu Government Archakar Training Students Association’ on Saturday,” said Ranganathan, convener of the nascent association. “Our second step would be to convene a formal meeting at the State level and decide the form of action to be taken to get employment,” said V. Vijayakumar, another student of the same school, who hails from Rasipuram.

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