Setting up youth training and development centres, establishing night schools, conducting awareness programmes on government schemes, provision of medical aid to the needy and creation of a corruption-free society are the five goals of non-governmental organisation Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation.

Addressing a meeting of members and district programme coordinators here on Saturday, its secretary D.V.Venkatagiri said that the foundation had organised over 400 programmes in the last nine months throughout the State.

Puthiya Thalaimurai magazine editor Malan called for improving the quality of education, thereby improving employability of graduates. Quoting poet Subramania Bharathi, he said educating a poor student was the foremost among dharmas.

M.Subramanian, honorary consultant to the foundation, urged the youth to plant trees, organise blood donation camps and health camps in villages. He said that only when villages develop would the country truly become developed.

P.Jayaseelan, Vice-president (Planning), S.R.M. Group, said the foundation was started to bring a change among the youth and thereby in society.

K.Manickasundaram, Director (Planning), REPCO Bank, said that under the SEED – Self Employment Entrepreneurship Development Scheme – programme, around 400 self help groups comprising those in various trades, including plumbing, carpentry and tailoring, had been formed in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Sivaganga. REPCO Bank was the implementing agency while the foundation was the funding agency.