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It is not all work at KPR Mill

M. Soundariya Preetha
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365 mill workers complete Plus Two this year

Labour's fruit:S. Suganya, who works at KPR Mills, being felicitated by the KPR Group chairman K.P. Ramasamy (second right) at a function held here on Friday.-Photo:Special Arrangement
Labour's fruit:S. Suganya, who works at KPR Mills, being felicitated by the KPR Group chairman K.P. Ramasamy (second right) at a function held here on Friday.-Photo:Special Arrangement

Being on a job as tedious as that of a mill worker did not deter S. Suganya from Perambalur from completing her Plus Two this year.

She worked hard despite heavy odds, secured 1,058 marks in the exams and with it, hopes to enrol herself for a B.Com course at a private college here.

Suganya was among the high-scorers who were felicitated by the KPR Group, where she works.

The function was held at the company's facility at Neelambur on Friday. Those felicitated were workers in different units of the KPR Group, who completed Plus Two through private study.

Job after Class X

Suganya had completed Class X when she joined the KPR Mill in 2009. She decided to pursue higher studies through the company's programme to educate workers.

“We work eight hours a day, and I used to study after work every day. Since I could not continue my studies after completing Class X, I joined the mill for work. The management helps and encourages us to continue studies after work hours,” she says.

As many as 365 workers of KPR Mills completed Plus Two this year. The felicitation function was organised to encourage more workers to go for higher studies even when they continue to work.

According to C.R. Anandakrishnan, executive director of the mill, since 2006 about 7,000 candidates working in the mill have completed school or college education through private study or distance education.

The mill has 30 teachers and has tie-ups with tutorial colleges. It also has tie-up with Alagappa University, Kamaraj University and Annamalai University.

The workers have so far opted for B.A. (History, Economics, Tamil or English Literature), B.Com, BBA, nursing, teacher training, M.A. MBA. MCA, or M. Com programmes.

Classes are conducted every day after the shift hours. Those who have studied up to Class VIII, Class X, or Class XII can continue their higher education.

The mill management provides part of the funds for the studies, he says.

Nearly 25 per cent of these candidates continue to work in the mill in various departments after even their higher studies.

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