TAMIL NADU

Help rural schools, philanthropists told

Foundation stone laid for school building in tsunami-hit area

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: The Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University Dr. C. Thangamuthu has appealed to philanthropists to come forward to donate and help schools in rural areas to improve their infrastructure facilities.

Speaking at a function organised to lay the foundation stone for construction of school buildings at Natarajan Dhamayanthi High School at Nagapattinam, at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh, as tsunami relief project recently sponsored by Red Swastik Society of India, an international social organisation, Mumbai, the Vice-Chancellor said that during the sixties and the seventies philanthropists never hesitated to donate for development of education. But the situation today has changed to commercial interest.

Though the Government spent several crores of rupees for education, rural schools did not achieve the expected result.

"Nowadays more attention is given to start educational institutions of higher education investing huge amounts with an aim of reaping more benefits," Mr. Thangamuthu said.

He appreciated the gesture of T.S. Bhal, Managing Director, Red Swastik Society of India, for providing necessary infrastructural facilities for the Natarajan Dhamayanthi High School, which was located in a tsunami-hit area.

A.D. Jeyam Pandiyan, Chairman of Natarajan Dhamayanthi Educational Society (NDES) in his speech thanked T.S. Bhal.

He said that Dr. Aruchami, President of the Association of Management of Private Colleges, contributed Rs.2 lakhs for construction of a recreation centre for the benefit of tsunami-hit students at ADM College for Women. The NDES would contribute Rs.2 lakhs for the same project as its share.

T.S. Bhal said that Red Swastik Society of India, started in 2001, extended a helping hand by providing ambulance services to the victims of rail and road accidents for saving life.

"As soon as I heard the tsunami disaster at Nagapattinam, I sent a team of 30 volunteers with all essential items and needed equipments to help the victims" Bhal said.

R. Jeevanandham, MLA, A. Sivakamasundari, Principal of ADM College of Women, G. Arokiasamy, Chief Educational Officer, Nagapattinam district, K.A. Abdula Rahuff, Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam, participated in the function.

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