Madurai

‘Government is committed to improving education facilities’

Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam inaugurating a new bus service in Theni on Saturday.

Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam inaugurating a new bus service in Theni on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL

Deputy Chief Minister flags off bus service

Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, flagged off bus service for the benefit of students of Government Arts and Science College, in Veerapandi Town Panchayat falling in Bodinayakkanur Assembly Constituency here on Saturday.

“The Government is committed to improving education facilities and opportunities for students of the State. It is the AIADMK government that brought Medical College to Theni, apart from MKU College and an engineering college. Under the rule 110 of the Assembly, Jayalalithaa announced a Government Arts and Science College in Veerapandi at a cost of ₹7.25 crore and it has been functioning ever since,” said Mr. Panneerselvam

The new bus route will start from John Pennicuick Bus Stand in Theni and pass through Veerapandi Government Arts and Science College, Thappukundu, Venkatachalapuram, Jangalpatti, Kuppinayakkapatti, Annanagar Kadamalaikundu and Mayiladumparai.

Free laptops

The Deputy CM also distributed free laptops to students of Kamulammal Memorial High School, Bodinayakkanur. He also gave away set up boxes from Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd, to school headmasters for being used as educational tools. The set up boxes will carry only education channels.

“The Government has increased the fund from ₹20,000 crore to ₹33,000 crore for school education. The fund allocated for higher education is ₹4,000 crore. Students are also given a set of 16 educational tools for free. The State ranks second in the country in higher education. Nearly 44 per cent of graduates in India are from Tamil Nadu and the State holds the first place in the country with the highest number of graduates,” said Mr. Panneerselvam, speaking at the function

“In the first phase, a total of 9,542 students from 84 government and government-aided schools in different Assembly segments across Theni district will be given free laptops worth ₹11.71 crore. The facility will be offered for more students in subsequent phases,” he added.

District Collector M. Pallavi Baldev and Cumbum MLA S. T. K. Jakkaiyan and many others took part in both the events.

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