`Institutions must focus on value-based education'

CHENNAI, MARCH 3. An auditorium, with a seating capacity of 1,200 and built at a cost of Rs. 1.35 crores, was declared open to mark the 161st year of the Pachaiyappa's Charities today. The auditorium also has a seminar hall.

Inaugurating the auditorium at Chetpet, former Madras High Court Judge, S. Jagadeesan, said the trust opened several schools and colleges in other districts, including Kancheepuram and Chidambaram.

Education was an integral part of every individual's life and the institutions must focus on value-based education for development of knowledge-based society, said Mr. Jagadeesan. The quality education would bring accolades to both the educational institution and students.

Private institutions played a key role in development of education as they shared the responsibility of the Government.

He recalled eminent personalities who studied in the Pachaiyappa's College. The auditorium is named after C.N. Annadurai, former chief minister who was also an alumnus of the college.

Since the trust celebrated its 159th, 160th and 161st year of inception, Mr. Jagadeesan called it a threefold celebration. He later gave away medals to school and college toppers.

The president of the Pachaiyappa Trust Board, S. Seran said, the hall was expected to yield an annual revenue of about Rs. 50 lakhs, most of which would be used for the cause of education.

One of the trustees, `Nanjil' Kennedy said a postgraduate course on business administration would be introduced in Pachaiyappa's College in the next academic year. Besides provision of additional infrastructure to various institutions managed by the trust, employees benefits would also be increased, he said.

A building for the office of the trust would also be declared open in about three months, he added.