TAMIL NADU

Collector lays stress on social responsibility

FOR A MEMORABLE OCCASION: The Erode Collector, D. Karthikeyan (right), releasing a souvenir at Sakthi Polytechnic College at Appakudal in Erode district on Friday. The Correspondent of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, S.V. Balasubramanian, rece ives the copy. The Chairman of Sakthi Sugars, N. Mahalingam (left), is looking on. Photo: M. Govarthan

FOR A MEMORABLE OCCASION: The Erode Collector, D. Karthikeyan (right), releasing a souvenir at Sakthi Polytechnic College at Appakudal in Erode district on Friday. The Correspondent of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, S.V. Balasubramanian, rece ives the copy. The Chairman of Sakthi Sugars, N. Mahalingam (left), is looking on. Photo: M. Govarthan  



Staff Reporter

ERODE: "Every citizen should have a responsibility towards the society," said the Erode Collector, D. Karthikeyan, at Appakudal, 35 km from here, on Friday while releasing a souvenir during the silver jubilee celebration of Sakthi Polytechnic College.

Lauding the services of industrialist N. Mahalingam, Chairman of Sakthi Group of Companies, the Collector described him as a `visionary' and added that because of him, such a big sugar factory was started in 43 years ago and the polytechnic college and hospital in Appakudal, a remote place in the district. He said that there was a saying, "visionaries are never created, but born." Mr. Mahalingam was born for helping the rural poor.

Every human being should have social responsibility. Running an educational institution was a great task and the college was being run efficiently for the past 25 years, he said. He wanted the students to learn properly and every student should set a target and to achieve the target, they had to strive hard.

Presiding over the function, Mr. Mahalingam said when Morarji Desai was the Prime Minister, some concessions were granted in income tax and utilising the same they had started the college 25 years ago.

In addition to the college, a hospital was also started. He said quality education was being imparted in the college.

He said that education should be given free to the needy and added that there was nothing wrong in declaring colleges as Deemed Universities.

Deemed varsity

He said that there was a proposal to make Kumaraguru College of Engineering a Deemed University.

He wanted the parents to select best courses and colleges to admit their wards.

The Correspondent of the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, S.V. Balasubramaniam, lauded the growth of the Sakthi Polytechnic College.

He said that many opportunities were available for polytechnic students in MNCs too.

The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Sakthi Sugars, M. Manickkam, welcomed and former Handloom Minister N.K.K. Periyasamy, former MLA G.G. Gurumurthy, Tamil scholar Suki Sivam and others spoke. The college Principal, P. Venkatachalam, read the report.

An exhibition was conducted in connection with the silver jubilee celebration of the college.

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