Tamilnadu which has been emerging as a hub in the education sector continued to stride high in 2013. The gross enrollment ratio in the State went high than the national average. Also, Tamilnadu become the only State in the country to have achieved its target in the 'Saakshar Bharat' scheme, by educating over 17.25 lakh adults. The State announced setting up new colleges, developing infrastructures and many others .
GER touches 19%
State Higher Education Minister P Palaniappan informed in the State Assembly that the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER), the number of eligible persons of the total population enrolling for higher education in Tamilnadu was 19 per cent which was higher than the national average of 15 per cent. The State was ahead than its southern counterparts, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and was behind Maharashtra (21.4 per cent) in GER among States with a big population size.
TN educates 17.25 lakh unlettered
Tamilnadu became the only State in the country to have achieved its target in the 'Saakshar Bharat' scheme, by educating over 17.25 lakh adults. Not only did Tamilnadu educate over 17.25 lakh adults, it also became the only State to have achieved the target in this scheme. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor lauded Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for attaining this feat.
The government announced creation of model schools in most backward panchayat unions in the State. The schools would be functioning from next academic year in 26 panchayats unions of Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Mangalur, Dharmapuri, Erode, Tiruppur, Krishnagiri, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Ulundurpet and Namakkal districts.
12 new colleges
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced setting up of 12 new arts and engineering colleges in Tamilnadu. She also announced infrastructure facilities worth Rs 150 crore for institutions coming under the Anna University in various parts of the State. The Chief Minister said education-related buildings would be constructed at a cost of Rs 30 crore in Madurai and Coimbatore regions, Rs 10 crore worth hostel buildings in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli regions and hostels worth another Rs 10 crore in constituent colleges of Anna University in Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin and Nagercoil.
Varsity for music & fine arts
In an effort to bring music, sculpture and fine arts colleges in the State under one roof, the government announced that it would open a university for music and fine arts. 'In order to protect the originality of our music from Western influences, get better reception for indigenous art, and to take our traditional music and culture to youngsters, a university for music and fine arts would be opened,' the Chief Minister said. Government music colleges in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruvaiyaru, government fine arts colleges in Chennai and Kumbakonam and government sculpture college in Mamallapuram would be brought under the new university, she said. New VCs take charge
M Rajaram took charge as first full-time Vice-Chancellor of Anna University after it became a unitary university last year. He was earlier Vice-Chancellor of the Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli. R Thandavan, took charge as the 43th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras. He was the founding faculty member of the Anna Centre of Public Affairs at the university, where he served as the head.
Chennai Schools and fine arts
Of many announcements made in Corporation budget, the civic body laid emphasis on exposing students of Chennai Schools to the fine arts. In addition to 30 residential camps or 'Kanavu Pattarai' for students of classes VII and VIII, fine arts labs will be established in 10 Chennai Schools, it informed. Keeping in mind the demands of parents, the civic body announced that it will start 20 more English-medium sections in primary schools. There are already 99 English-medium sections in the primary schools.
Pass percentage up
The pass percentage among school candidates who appeared for the Plus Board exams held in March, went up to 88.1 per cent this year as against 86.7 per cent last year. However there was a significant dip in number of centums in Physics, Maths, Accountancy and Business Mathematics. The number of students securing centum in Computer Science and Commerce showed a huge jump. After a dip in the number of centums in various subjects in recent years, there was a surprise when the results of the SSLC (Standard X) were announced. Students scoring centums in Mathematics, Science and Social Science shot up. Breaking down the numbers -- A total of 29,905 students scored centum in Maths (last year it stood at 1,141), 38,154 achieved the feat in Science (9,237) and 19,680 in Social Science (5,305). The overall pass percentage among school candidates went up to 89 per cent this year as against 86.20 per cent last year.
BE seats unfilled
As expected, around 80,000 government quota seats remained unfilled at the end of the counselling of Tamilnadu Engineering Admission 2013 conducted by Anna University. Nearly 1.25 lakh candidates took admission to various engineering colleges under government quota. This year, Mechanical Engineering was the most preferred branch, followed by Electronics and Communication Engineering, Civil, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.