The Chancellor of VIT University G. Viswanathan has offered to donate Rs. 50 lakh to revive and rebuild the nearly century-old dilapidated Vellore Sangeetha Sabha near the Old Bus Stand here in order to establish a permanent auditorium for conducting music concerts and other cultural programmes in Vellore.
Announcing this at a function to felicitate Mr. Viswanathan on Saturday organised by committee comprising his well-wishers in Vellore district, Mr. Viswanathan said that after the Vellore Sangeetha Sabha went into neglect, there was no permanent venue for conducting music concerts and cultural programmes in Vellore. He hoped that other interested persons would come forward to contribute to the cause of rebuilding the Vellore Sangeetha Sabha so that the task could be accomplished within a short time so that music concerts are organised frequently in Vellore.
The VIT Chancellor said that the Universal Higher Education Scheme started by the Universal Higher Education Trust (of which he is the founder) with the objective of providing financial assistance to poor Plus Two-passed candidates in Vellore district to pursue higher education would be extended to four more Assembly constituencies from 2014-15, i.e., Vellore, Katpadi, Anaicut and Ambur.
At present, the scheme was being implemented in three constituencies, namely Gudiyatham, K.V. Kuppam and Ranipet.
The Platinum Jubilee Committee conferred the ‘Kalvikko’ Award on Mr. Viswanathan. M. Venkadasubbu, president and V. Padhumanar, treasurer of the Committee presented the award. M. Ganesan and Srinivasan presented to him a stamp memento created under the ‘My Stamps Scheme’ of the postal department.
A. Kalanidhi, former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University released the jubilee souvenir. V.P. Narayanan, former Vice-Chancellor of Madras Medical College and Research Institute received the first copy. S.R. Balasubramaniam, former Union Minister recalled the role played by Mr. Viswanathan in protecting the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore.
Thilagavathi Ramaiah, social worker and Era. Chandrasekaran, president, Udhavum Ullangal were among those who felicitated Mr. Viswanathan.