Education & Reference

On paper, TN libraries a book lover’s paradise

Tamil Nadu can boast of an outstanding library system. With a clear cut procurement policy for books, the libraries are an example for the rest of India. The more than 4,000 libraries in the state include state central, district central, branch, village, mobile and part-time libraries. Funds are no impediment either. The state library system receives more than `150 crore from local bodies every year through the library cess that is part of the property tax collected by local bodies. Nearly every library in the state has its own building....

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A history of student unrest over social, language issues

Campus unrest is not new to Tamil Nadu. In the absence of a meaningful civil society , students have often played a pivotal role in the state by expressing their dissent through protests and agitations that have yielded positive results. Though students in Madras Presidency did not respond in a big way to the nationalist movement, they did agitate over language and social issues. In the 1930s, they protested against a government move to make Hindi learning compulsory . It can be said that Periyar’s break from the Congress started with a...

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Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu – where are we heading to?

This happened four years ago. I was walking on the corridor of an engineering college after having delivered a lecture on the topic ‘the joy of being an entrepreneur’ to the final year students. A student came running towards me and asked whether he could have a word with me. In a disturbed voice he said “Sir you could have given this advice when I was in school. I would not have wasted my time and money for the last three years. Concerned by what he said, I comforted him and told that it would be appropriate for him to venture into...

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Creative Writing – Prof. Arputharaj Devaraj

Creative Writing – Prof. Arputharaj Devaraj

Crisp and clear, exclusively inclusive, handy and an easy read makes this book highly interesting to students, professors, teachers and aspiring creative writers. This book is the first of its kind as per creative writing in India is concerned. The book balances both the acts of theoretically explaining certain concepts and practically putting the concepts into use (i.e. workshop content/ praxis). The 14 chapters of the book sequentially and briefly discuss basics of creative writing, kinds of writing and art of writing with different...

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