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wishing them best: School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu with the students in Chennai on Saturday.
wishing them best: School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu with the students in Chennai on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: As many as 12 students representing different schools in Tamil Nadu left for Japan on Sunday to participate in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme. They are being accompanied by one teacher.

According to a senior official of the School Education Department, the students were from government and private schools in districts such as Ramanathapuram, Chennai, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Karur, Sivagangai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Vellore.

A total of 200 high school students from all over the country were chosen to go to Japan after various screening tests and those who had a good academic record, more importantly, a good co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements record were selected, the official said.

The 12 students from Tamil Nadu went to Delhi to join the rest.

While they are the third batch leaving from India to take part in JENESYS, this is the first time students from Tamil Nadu were going, he added.

The 10-day programme is aimed at deepening mutual understanding of students and giving them an exposure to different cultures.

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