Hindi should not be imposed on students in Tamilnadu. The Government was willing to follow useful aspects of the New Education Policy said K.Ponmudy, Minister for Higher Education, Tamilnadu at the 37th. convocation function in Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
The Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kaliraj delivered the welcome address. Governor R.N Ravi and Dr. Sivan, former Director, ISRO took part and gave away degrees to the students.
Ponmudi said that in Tamilnadu, women candidates are more in higher educational institutions than male students and this was the Dravidian Model he said.
Tamilnadu ranked top in education in the entire country. Tamilnadu has achieved 53 percent in higher education and the Chief Minister had said that he considered education and health as his eyes.
I want to place a request to the Governor. We are not enemies of any language. Not even enemies of Hindi. Let those who wish to learn Hindi. we are not against it. Hindi can be an alternate language. But it cannot be made compulsory. In Tamilnadu, Tamil is the mother tongue, and English, the international language. Many say that learning Hindi would help get jobs.
But is it really true practically? Those who learn Hindi are only selling pani puri here. We learn English the international language. So what is the need for an alternate language?" asked Ponmudy.
Stating that the government was open to adopting the useful aspects in the New Education Policy the minister said, “we will follow only our system when it comes to learning the language.”
He said the Tamilnadu Chief Minister had constituted a committee for creating Tamilnadu Education Policy. The educational policy will be framed as per the recommendation of the committee. We are only expressing our feelings to the Governor. The Governor should understand and explain our stand to the Union Government.
Engineering students will be given industrial training said Ponmudi further informed that the Chief Minister would unveil several new plans for women's education. The Government has announced Rs 1000 per month aid to encourage women's education. This will motivate students in Government schools to perform better, he said.
" I once again request the Governor to take a good decision regarding the new education policy after thoroughly reviewing the problems of the students and the government's stand", he said.