CHENNAI: Vice-Chancellors waxed poetic at an event to felicitate Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on his 85th birthday at the Pitti Thyagarayar Hall in T. Nagar on Friday.
Heads of universities across the State recalled their association with him and several presented poems of their own composition.
The event marked the conclusion of the felicitation events with poets, actors and educationists, organised by Mayor M. Subramanian.
Union Minister T.R. Baalu, several educationists and DMK functionaries participated.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, M. Anandakrishnan, said that the Chief Minister had always worked on the conviction that education was a vital tool for the uplift of the downtrodden. Removing the Common Entrance Test had dramatically increased chances of rural students getting entrance into professional courses.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Thanjavur Tamil University Avvai Natrajan recalled that Mr. Karunanidhi had urged the use of knowledge as weapon rather than force. Bharathidasan University Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaiko recalled the efforts the Chief Minister had made for establishing Tamil computing and enabling the use of Tamil in new technology.
Mr. Karunanidhi has left his mark in every arena of writing, be it plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories or essays, said former Vice-Chancellor K. P. Aravaanan.
Vice-Chancellor of Periyar Maniammai University, N. Ramachandran, said that Mr. Karunanidhi was among the leaders who had worked tirelessly for social justice.
Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, K. Thiruvasagam, said the university would offer certification to students training to be archakas.