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WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Modi and the lady Tax agriculture Polls and promises TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... For whom the bell tolls? Tatas moving out of urea production... IPL - no surprise this scam The balancing act Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... China invests in India No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Gas is the way forward L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Silver Years of Madras Musings Muffled voices for merit… Russi Mody – a tribute Engineering seats go abegging Delhi is distant… He saved millions from starvation... Kinetic Karnataka Why this malaise in medical education? When small is no larger beautiful.. Wanted: a second airport for Chennai B H Kothari - a tribute CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Solar thermal shines… Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Strengthen the base... Revive development banks... MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways PC’s preference for professionals Small units prefers to remain small... SoA @ 80 A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Secularism and anti-Hinduism Tough task taking states together Tatas moving out of urea production... Shale gas and its shallow future Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Banning booze... An inexplicable neglect How Air-India loses customs... A friendly business group Editor's Says London, London Narayan Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Come elections, come advertisements... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? The Swadeshi Trump CII projects higher growth… Waning interest in public discussions… He continues the focus on social amelioration Contrarian cousins Which side are you, Montek? Breaththrough in malaria control TIAM turns a full cycle Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Plummeting profits of PSBs West Bengal: mindless malignancy Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Welcome focus on core competence More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Things happen by accident and not by design... Maximising the micro pricing … More tributes to GR All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya GNS - 100: our first subscriber Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Sweet news for TN sugar mills Another Indian music maestro at the UN Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Roaring Ro-Ro facility Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Fortune for Indian Airlines More heat than light Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Nuclear power at the nucleus S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Build close rapport with business leaders IAS invades NDDB... Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Protest masters... …and of a popular trade leader Medical costs hit the roof... 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The nuclear option This scant respect for Law Rahman at CIC Revving up the manufacturing sector Vibrant Gujarat A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Telangana in top gear… Towards speedy justice Auto components surge… Intellectual of rare qualities Building loyalty through the stomach ONGC at KG Basin Alexa – Talking Wikipedia When the President was rendered homeless… Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Solar, solar everywhere … Welcome GST Tribute Cutting the nose to spite the face Preserving for the future No engine for this car Make standards certification mandatory... The sea- saw battle continues... Delhi is distant Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Where is Rajaji? Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. The few handicaps... A glass full of corruption Gay abandon in pricing The Jan Dhan bonanza TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Editor's Notes Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Return to king coal for urea... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Robber barons everywhere Quality education through the PPP mode Streamlining mandatory third party cover Don’t seem to feel the pulse… When online building permits work…. Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… EVM is tamper-proof Boy, can you beat these? Five star activism stalls development activity Parliament in paralysis... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu A professional at the helm of IRDA... Fuel for thought Should we change the official year? More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Music happens A rich pool of talent not utilised…. The Gulf aviation boom Shipping woes of Chennai companies An enemy’s enemy is a friend Fortune 500 review Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ A think tank for Chennai No Maha Koottani in TN... Wise Presidents Paytm karo... Mersal magnified A more liberated TN… The why of tax incentives Convulsions in The Hindu TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Making ‘my Amaravati’... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Modi storms Silicon Valley Pharma – overdose of copying The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Quality silica from Neyveli GM Technology at last! Kulandai was a giant TELANGANA at last…BUT Delhi Chalo... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Cement prices continue to rise… Road development slows down Noble nonagenarians... Discoms deserve better… Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Haul over the coal Where a state respects its litterateurs… The star of Spencers is no more Tribute – M V Murugappan Airlines in India: cost and space Multi-faceted Venkat Demise of a media baron... Why land prices zoom in TN? Valli, they are more marginalised Adharma of opposition politics Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Moily’s bold thrust Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Sri Lanka votes for change Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The brown list of Venkitaramanan Put expensive assets created to use... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V IPL type auction for VCs?
 
Quality education through the PPP mode
WHILE I applaud the initiative of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on the issue of food at affordable prices to the masses, she must now  focus on another equally important aspect – offering quality education, at the primary and secondary levels. IE pointed to the government and public bodies running close to 90 per cent of primary and secondary level schools. Chennai metro alone has 285 schools run by the Corporation of Chennai. IE suggested upgrading the quality of these schools, which have good infrastructure in terms of land and buildings, through public-private partnership mode. Especially with the present legislation that has mandated two per cent of profits of large corporations to be spent on CSR schemes, it should be possible to get the involvement of hundreds of such companies to support education.

I found business leaders like TCS’s S Ramadorai and Shriram Group’s R Thyagarajan evincing interest in offering their expertise to upgrade the quality of corporation schools. Mayor of Chennai Saidai Duraiswamy whose Manidha Neyam Academy has a good record in coaching candidates for the Indian civil service examinations, has evinced interest in such a PPP mode. If Jayalalithaa would clear the scheme from the coming academic year, its effectiveness could be established over the remaining three years of her current tenure.

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