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Prince of Arcot appeals to CM on historic school

Intervention needed: The Madrasa-e-Azam higher secondary school for boys is in a dilapidated condition.

Intervention needed: The Madrasa-e-Azam higher secondary school for boys is in a dilapidated condition.   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

‘Trust can manage school in the event of a resource crunch’

Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali has appealed to Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami to hand over the land and facilities of the Madrasa-e-Azam Higher Secondary School for Boys, which is in a dilapidated state, to Prince of Arcot Endowments.

In a statement, the Prince of Arcot pointed out that the land and buildings for the school on Anna Salai were provided to the British government in 1849 by the Nawabs of the Carnatic/Arcot to promote the education of Muslim children and other students in need.

Fall in strength

However, the historic school buildings are dilapidated and a portion of the structure had collapsed during the recent rain. The number of students had fallen considerably over the course of time due to lack of proper education.

The Prince of Arcot said the State government could hand over the management of the Madrasa-e-Azam School to the Prince of Arcot Endowments if its “resources were constrained.”

The Endowments is willing to take up the reconstruction and administration of the school and relieve the State government of the burden, he said.

It was reliably learnt that a Minister had remarked that a portion of the building could be converted into a marriage hall, the Prince of Arcot said. He urged the government not to divert the school property for any other purpose other than education on the school premises.

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