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RECOGNITION: Pudukottai Collector S.J. Chiru, left, with the fellowship recipients.
RECOGNITION: Pudukottai Collector S.J. Chiru, left, with the fellowship recipients.

M. Balaganessin

They have been playing a crucial role in increasing the percentage of literate women in their villages.

PUDUKOTTAI: The conferment of fellowship on six villagers of the district in recognition of their contribution to rural development through the spread of literacy and promotion of economic activities has inspired them to take to new projects.

The fellowship, instituted by the Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy for Rural Prosperity, carries a medal and a citation in appreciation of the efforts taken to spread computer literacy among village women and children and dissemination of agricultural expertise to farmers, taking advantage of the Village Resource Centre (VRC) of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Annavasal, according to the project coordinator, R. Rajkumar.

The recipients, including two village panchayat presidents, Mekalamuthu of Onankudi in Arimalam block, and K. Paramasivam of Athani village in Aranthangi, have been playing a crucial role in increasing the percentage of literate women in their respective villages. One of the awardees, R. Neela, Block Project Co-ordinator of the Continuing Education Programme, Tiruvarankulam, has planned to bring out a documentary on the womenfolk of the ‘Devadasi’ tribe at Viralimalai, shortly. Another awardee, C. S. Vallal, also a Block Project Co-ordinator in Karmbakudi, has planned to intensify his efforts in reviving the defunct farmers’ groups, formed about one-and-a-half years ago. In fact, he had so far revived 10 out of the total 46 groups.

V. Muthulakshmi, a knowledge worker of the Foundation in Arimalam, said that she would disseminate information on naturopathy and yoga to benefit women.

R. Anbalagan of Vamban in Tiruvarankulam eyes on children’s developmentThe Chairman and Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, gave away the awards at a function in New Delhi.

The recipients called on the Collector, S. J. Chiru, here recently.

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