Out of 1,622 candidates who appeared for the Standard X Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams in 15 government high/higher secondary schools and an aided high school in K.V. Kuppam panchayat union this year, a total of 1,044 candidates scored high total or high marks in individual subjects. They were given cash prizes at a ‘Mupperum Vizha’ (three-in-one celebrations) organised by the Vivekanandar Ezhuchi Manram Education Trust at Government Boys Higher Secondary School in K.V. Kuppam recently.

The gesture forms part of the efforts of the Trust in association with the Tamil Nadu Science Forum to develop the overall personality of youth in the villages of K.V. Kuppam panchayat union with the ultimate objective of developing society and the nation. The trust hopes that these efforts would be replicated by other non-governmental organisations in other panchayat unions and districts.

The 1,044 candidates who were given prizes comprised 246 who obtained more than 400 marks in the SSLC exams and 798 who obtained a minimum of 60% marks in single subjects and between 75 and 80 marks in science subjects. Kavya, who obtained the highest marks of 491 out of 500 in SSLC exams among government and aided high/higher secondary schools in the K.V. Kuppam panchayat union bagged the highest prize of Rs.50,000. Eighteen candidates who obtained marks ranging from 470 to 489 were given Rs.5,000 each. Forty-seven students who got between 450 and 469 marks were given Rs.2,000 each, while those who got between 400 and 449 marks were given Rs.1,000 each.

Those who got 60-75 marks in individual subjects from 75-85 marks in science subjects were given Rs.100 per subject and an additional prize of Rs.5 each for every mark above the range.

Four schools - Government Girls Higher Secondary School, K.V. Kuppam, Government High School, Panamadangi, Government HSS, Gudiyatham R.S. and Kalvi Ulagam Aided School, Arumbakkam Mottur - where more than 80 % students obtained prizes were given special prizes worth Rs.10,000 each.

S. Madhi, Chief Education Officer-in-charge, Vellore, presided. Gopala Rajendran, Supervisor, Block Resource Centre, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, K.V. Kuppam, inaugurated the celebrations. K.M.G. Rajendran, Secretary, KMG Group of Educational Institutions, Gudiyatham, released a book titled ‘Arakkattalayin Arimugam—Ilakkugalum and Payanangalum’ (Introduction to the Trust—Goals and Journeys).

G. Loganathan, chairman of K.V. Kuppam panchayat union, garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. K. Jawarilal Jain, chairman of the Ambalal Group, announced a donation of Rs.50,000 to the Vivekanandar Trust.

T. Mani, Headmaster of Government Boys HSS, K.V. Kuppam, and L. Nandagopal, president, Parent Teachers Association, Government Boys HSS, spoke.

P. Jayachandramohan, managing trustee, Vivekanandar Trust, welcomed the gathering. S. Kumaran, district coordinator, Eurekha Education Movement, coordinated the event.

R. Velmurugan, a member of the Trust, proposed vote of thanks.

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