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Rs. 8 crore sanctioned and site identified for the MKU constituent college

The Madurai Kamaraj University Arts College at Kottur will soon get its own buildings. The State government has sanctioned Rs.8 crore for this purpose, according to Minister for Finance O. Panneerselvam. A suitable site has been identified and work will commence shortly, he said.

Distributing laptops to students at the college on Saturday, he said that the college has been functioning out of a rented building. But with the construction of a new building more facilities would be provided. One fourth of the total budget allotted for education was being used to improve infrastructure facilities in various colleges, he added.

The State government had constructed 3.2 lakh houses – 1.2 lakh Pasumai houses and two lakh houses under Indira Housing Scheme – and handed them over to the beneficiaries during the last 20 months. The government proposed to construct 60,000 green houses ever year, he pointed out.

Madurai Kamaraj University Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan, who also spoke at the function, said that laptops would help students gain knowledge and access information available in any corner of the world.

Laptops worth Rs. 46.8 lakh were given to 120 students of the college.

Later, the Minister also distributed free mixis, grinders, fans and four grams of gold for ‘Mangalsutra’ at a function held at Kottur the same day. Freebies – fans, mixis and grinders - worth Rs.79 lakh to 1,970 beneficiaries and gold to 500 women and motor fitted tri-cycles to six persons were given away. The total value of the freebies and gold was Rs.4.10 crore.

Mr. Paneerselvam also distributed laptops worth Rs.70.07 lakh to 498 students at a function held at the Cardamom Planters Association College at Bodi that evening.

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