TAMIL NADU

Govt. urged to ensure safety in schools

TIRUCHI, JULY 24. The Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumandram urged the Government to take steps to cancel the licence of schools functioning without taking proper safety measures and order classes upto Standard III to function only on the ground floor of the buildings.

A resolution adopted at the state committee meeting of the Perumandram held here recently with its state president, T.K. Natarajan, in the chair, said steps should be taken to ensure safety in all educational institutions in the State immediately. The commercialisation of education by people with vested interests was the main reason for the absence of basic infrastructure in schools. The Government should check the mushrooming of private educational institutions and establish more government schools and colleges instead.

Another resolution said the Tamil Music research chair at the Bharathidasan University had brought out four rare collections of Tamil Music in the past. The meeting called upon the university to revive the chair and continue the research.

The meeting commended the UPA government at the Centre for including the declaration of Tamil as a classical language and announcing 18 national languages of the country, including Tamil, as official languages in its common minimum programme. The Government should enact legislations to fulfil the assurances.

Taking a cue from the Centre, the State Government should initiate steps to enact legislations for making Tamil compulsory in government offices, the judiciary and places of worship and also for introducing Tamil-oriented education in institutions.

The meeting urged the Government to sanction adequate funds to Thanjavur Tamil University, International Tamil Research Centre and Tamil Virtual University to ensure that they function effectively. The State should also integrate the coordinated functioning of these three bodies for the development of Tamil.

The state secretary of the Communist Party of India, R. Nallakannu, Sahitya Akademy awardee and general secretary of the Perumandram, Ponneelan, its state secretaries, Danushkodi Ramasamy, Mannargudi Kamaraj and Ravindrabarathi, and the Pondicherry state secretary, M.C. Radhakrishnan, spoke on the occasion.

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