CHENNAI: Kumbakonam Times, a fortnightly newsletter brought out by the Kumbakonam Old Students’ Association (KOSA) Trust was launched by Madras High Court Judge S. Rajeswaran here on Sunday.
Receiving the first copy, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said that it was time for the present generation to learn from the KOSA members who wanted to do something good for the society, after passing out of the colleges some three to four decades ago.
“These days youngsters are in a hurry to leave the country after finishing their education, while the school authorities are also not bothered about the students’ whereabouts.
“However, it is a different story in universities such as the Harvard and the Cambridge, where they keep in touch with the students to do something for the society. It is here, the students from smaller towns and cities can learn about networking from universities and old students,” he said.
Mr. Rajeswaran said that Kumbakonam Times should act like a window and furnish past and future events of a locality for the benefit of the public.
Besides, the KOSA members should make use of the opportunity to share their independent views on important issues.
B.S. Raghavan, former IAS officer, called for publishing major portion of the newsletter in Tamil and to use English if and when necessary.
KOSA general secretary N. Krishnaswamy said that through the newsletter the members will know what they have to do, what they have achieved so far and what they aim to do. To start with around 1,000 copies will be circulated in and around Kumbakonam.