TAMIL NADU

New literacy drive in five districts

Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: Chief Secretary of Education Department M. Kutralingam has stated that the new literacy drive namely “Sakshar Bharath” (Karkum Bharatham in Tamil) will be implemented in the five districts of Villupuram, Perambalur, Dharmapuri, Erode and Salem.

In a review meeting held here recently Mr. Kutralingam stated that the objective of the programme was to make all those above 15 years literates. The classrooms established in the panchayat schools under the Education for All programme would be utilised for the purpose.

There were already 900 such centres in Villupuram district and the number would be increased to 1,104 soon. The Centre and the State would share the funding on the ratio of 75: 25.

Mr. Kutralingam called upon the district administration and the officials to make Tamil Nadu a fully literate State by 2012.

Lakshmi, Director, Adult Education Programme; Villupuram District Collector R. Palanisamy; and Perambalur District Collector M. Vijayakumar, participated.