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Computer lab and library await inauguration

Waiting for inauguration: A computer laboratory and library building at Uthangarai Government Boys Higher Secondary School. —

Waiting for inauguration: A computer laboratory and library building at Uthangarai Government Boys Higher Secondary School. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: N. Bashkaran

R. Arivanantham

Project marks golden jubilee of Uthangarai Government Higher Secondary School

KRISHNAGIRI: A computer laboratory and library built at a cost of nearly Rs.1 crore at Uthangarai Government Higher Secondary School is awaiting formal inauguration by former President Abdul Kalam for the past six months.

At a Parents – Teachers Association meeting, the headmaster P. Ponnusamy had suggested construction of a modern building.

The association, headed by V. Swaminathan, who is also Uthangarai Union Secretary, and V. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Vidhya Mandir Group of Educational Institutions, gave shape to the idea.

They swung into action and contacted the old students of the school.

Besides library, a computer laboratory and free IAS, IPS coaching centre for aspiring rural students in and around Uthangarai town were planned.

On hearing about the project, about 140 former students came forward to donate liberally for the project to be undertaken at their alma mater.

Two lecturers from Krishnagiri Government Polytechnic designed the 4,400 sq.ft. building.

The ground floor of the building houses the library, which has 6,000 books neatly stacked on racks.

There is also an aesthetically designed study room with new tables and chairs. Books for Rs. 7 lakh have been ordered.

On the first floor, a modern computer lab with 40 computers has been installed at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh.

Students can access information-related sites through Internet for their education and reference purposes.

The computer laboratory is open to school student during regular hours.

During the rest of the time, outsiders can use the facility by paying a small membership fee.

The building called e-library was built at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh in a span of 10 months.

Construction work commenced in September 2007 and was completed in May this year.

A sum Rs. 50 lakh was collected from old students and from other sources by the PTA and the committee established for this purpose.

One of the alumni, V. Selvaraj, Managing Director of Sun Minerals in Chinnappanaikanpalli in Tumkur district, donated Rs. 20 lakh for construction of the first floor.

The Uthangarai Government Higher Secondary School, which was started in 1957, is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.

Mr. Ponnusamy says the prestigious project marks the golden jubilee of the school.

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