Ponnavaikko underlines importance of mother tongue
TIRUCHI: The annual inter-school debate competition in English and Tamil conducted by Vignesh Sri Renga Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Srirangam evoked a good response.
Thirty students from 15 schools exhibited their talent in the English competition held on the topic ‘nuclear energy is the only option for India’s energy needs’. The topic for the Tamil contest was ‘industrial development plays a key role in the overall development of the country’ and it attracted 38 students from 19 schools in the district.
In both the competitions the students did extremely well and spoke extensively.
Anupama S. Prakash and C. Sridhar of R. S. K. Higher Secondary School won the first and second prizes respectively in the English competition. The third place went to M. Risvaana Barven of SBIOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
V. Subramaniyan of Government Higher Secondary School, Lalgudi, won the Tamil contest, and the second and third prizes went to K. Agalya of SBIOA School and S. Malathy of the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Manachanallur, respectively.
R. S. K. School won the overall ‘Vignesh Sri Renga Inter-School Trophy’ based on the points secured in both the competitions.
Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University M. Ponnavaikko was the chief guest at the valediction and gave away the prizes. Correspondent D. Vridhachalam gave away the overall trophy to the RSK School.
Dr. Ponnavaikko underlined the importance of mother tongue in the overall development of individuals. “Only through the mother tongue will you be able to properly express your feelings”, he told the students.
Principal A. Rex Mario Britto offered felicitations.
Garnet Fernandez and T. Vadivu, both of St. Joseph’s College and Ahalya Padmanaban of Government Arts College, Ariyalur, were the judges for the English competition. P.Ramdas, Principal, Cauvery Matriculation Higher Secondary School, S. Geetha of Government Higher Secondary School, Lalgudi, and Ilakkuvan, Headmaster, Higher Secondary School, Thiruvanaikoil, judged the Tamil event.