CUDDALORE: Students should imbibe social consciousness and thinking so as to remove all the stumbling blocks to development.
The cultural intrusion has pushed the hoary Tamil tradition to the background and it is the responsibility of the youth to take pragmatic measures to bring back its past glory, said K.Ponmudy, Higher Education Minister.
He was speaking at a function organised to inaugurate buildings and celebration of College Day and Sports Day in Periyar Government Arts College here on Monday.
Referring to the Sunday incident in Lord Nataraja temple at Chidambaram, Mr. Ponmudy said it was a matter of concern that for reciting the verses from the Thevaram and the Thiruvasagam (by Arumugha Samy, a 79-year-old Saivite) one had to put in much effort.
Mr. Ponmudy said reservation in education had to continue till equality was achieved. When the supply exceeded demand, as in the case of engineering colleges wherein 7,000 to 8,000 seats remained vacant this year, communal disparity would vanish. He inaugurated the classroom-cum-laboratory building constructed by Rajasthan government at a cost of Rs 34 lakh as part of tsunami relief and another building to commemorate Chief Minister’s golden jubilee as legislator. M.R.K.Panneerselvam, Health Minister, G.Aiyappan and Saba.Rajendran, MLAs, and others spoke.