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CELEBRATING THE CAUSE OF EDUCATION: Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala unveils the plaque for adopting the Government Model School in Saidapet as part of the golden jubilee year project of the Round Table of India at a function on Saturday. Mem bers of the organisation are also in the picture. Photo: Shaju John
CELEBRATING THE CAUSE OF EDUCATION: Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala unveils the plaque for adopting the Government Model School in Saidapet as part of the golden jubilee year project of the Round Table of India at a function on Saturday. Mem bers of the organisation are also in the picture. Photo: Shaju John

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Provided infrastructure to 5 lakh children

CHENNAI: Members of the Round Table of India gathered here to commemorate the golden jubilee year of the association, which has reached out to the community in several ways.

The Round Table of India has made a difference to about 5 lakh children across the country by providing infrastructure for their education.

Participating in the celebrations on Saturday, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said the organisation could take steps to establish a network of pre-schools across the country. Such a programme would benefit uneducated children and school dropouts in rural areas.

The organisation could also concentrate on conducting vocational training programmes that would provide employment opportunities for students, the Governor said.

Appreciating the `freedom through education' project, he suggested that the association campaign for the re-enrolment of girls who drop out of school. He later released the golden jubilee year edition of the organisation's magazine, Table Talk. He also unveiled the plaque for renovating the Saidapet Government Model School, which was adopted by the organisation.

Shivkumar Eashwaran, national president, said that the association had, so far, built classrooms in about 1,000 schools across the country at a cost of Rs.75 crore.

It aims to educate one million children by 2008, as part of the `freedom through education' project. Started in 1957 with about 100 members, the organisation has served the community through educational, health and disaster management projects. Now, the organisation has 2,500 members in 167 Tables spread across 75 cities and towns.

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