Close friends and academicians in the city got together to felicitate Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy who was recently awarded the Padma Shri.

Her close friend of many years, Meena Muthiah, educationist and founder of Chettinad Vidyashram school, regaled the audiences with tales from their shared past. She said Mrs. YGP had given her the encouragement and support to start a school of her own, and also suggested the name for the school.

Cho. Ramaswamy, editor, Thuglak, said while questions were being raised as to why some people were given the Padma awards, in Mrs. YGP’s case the only question was: ‘Why so late?’ He added that it was his hope that a Padma Bhushan and/or Padma Vibhushan would also be conferred on her. Both Mrs. YGP and Mrs. Meena Muthiah had started educational institutions with a handful of students and the schools had grown from strength to strength, thanks to the determination, dedication and hard work put in by the two women.

Sivasankari, author, said both women were role models for generations of young students. The schools started by both Mrs. YGP and Mrs. Meena Muthiah focussed on holistic development of children and not just on academic excellence. She echoed Mr. Cho’s hope that Mrs. Muthiah would be recognised with a Padma award in the coming years.

Delivering her acceptance speech, Mrs. YGP said the award was a recognition of the standard and quality of education in south India. All those who had worked with her to build these institutions were equally honoured by the Padma Shri she said, urging teachers to set store by the qualities of accountability, integrity and responsibility.