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GUEST OF HONOUR: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Ajit Prakash Shah (third from left), arrives with S. Jagadeesan, chairman of the Ethiraj College Trust for the College Day and silver subilee celebrations on Thursday. Photo: V. Ganesa n .
GUEST OF HONOUR: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Ajit Prakash Shah (third from left), arrives with S. Jagadeesan, chairman of the Ethiraj College Trust for the College Day and silver subilee celebrations on Thursday. Photo: V. Ganesa n .

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Addresses College Day and silver jubilee celebrations

CHENNAI: Education is the key to find solution to many problems in women's lives, Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah told students of Ethiraj College during the College Day and Silver Jubilee celebrations of Evening college on Thursday.

"The concept of gender equality strives to achieve equality between women and men in five critical areas: economic participation, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health and well-being. The most critical of the areas is education," he said.

Poverty and attitude of parents towards the girl child were barriers to girls' education. It was necessary to work out strategies in three interconnected areas,

"Strengthen economic capacity"

Mr. Shah added. "First, strengthening economic capacity by affording more and more educational opportunities to the girl and women in education with special focus on new technologies and globalisation, promoting women literacy and political participation and thirdly, eliminating violence against women," the Chief Justice said.

"The low level of women's literacy not only has a negative impact on women's lives but also on their family's and on their country's economic development," Mr.Shah said.

Lauding the vision and conviction of the college founder V.L. Ethiraj, he observed how the college that began in 1948 with 189 students had today grown to nearly 6,000 girl students, the highest in the country. Presenting the annual report, the Principal M. Thavamani said that the Madras University had ranked Ethiraj College as the number one in its Quality Radar Assessment programme and the college's self-finance stream had attained autonomy from the current academic year. The college had disbursed over Rs.48 lakh as scholarship during the academic year to over 2,200 students, she noted. S.Jagadeesan, Chairman of Ethiraj College Trust, paid tribute to the founder who had donated all his earnings to create the Trust.

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