Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: After a lot of dithering, the Villupuram Agricultural Marketing Committee has come to the rescue of the Ulundurpet Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School to overcome space constraints in conducting classes.

However, it will be only a temporary measure, and it is left to the school to fend for itself later.

The newly-elected office-bearers of the comitte have resolved to lend two of the sheds to the school till the harvesting season or arrival of agriculture produce begins.

R.Paavanan, Headmaster, said that the school, adjoining the market committee, was only one of its kinds in the Ulundurpet taluk.

Every year, there was a great demand for admission from candidates hailing from the surrounding places such as Thiruvennainallur and Madapattu, besides Ulundurpet.

The student strength this year had touched about 2,500, but the school could not boast of adequate facilities to accommodate all of them. The school had made several representations to the market committee and the district administration to spare some space for setting up additional classrooms.

Land acquisition

Mr. Paavanan had suggested acquisition of half-an-acre of land belonging to the market committee for construction of additional classrooms. However, the idea did not find favour with the authorities.

The people mooted the idea of shifting the market committee elsewhere to make provision for the school. But it was treated with contempt, and the authorities had rather called for shifting the school than the market committee.

Mr. Paavanan said shifting the school would pose inconvenience to the girl students and hence, the idea was dropped.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development was ready to extend financial assistance to the tune of Rs.2 crore for the construction of additional classrooms, provided a suitable place was identified for the purpose.