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1,463 students drop out from school in a year

Chennai: There are tens of hundreds of schools across the city, but it is still a challenge to get students from economically backward families to attend the classes without dropping out. With over four lakh students studying in private schools and nearly three lakh in various government run institutions, schools are still trying to tackle drop out problems. However, the threat of students dropping out happens only in corporation and

Medicos, docs to hold protest 22 March

Chennai: Around 200 medical students and doctors are planning to hold a protest in front of the District Collectorate, opposite Beach Station on 22 March evening with a list of demands. The protest will be conducted by six organisations. Representatives of various doctors’ bodies said only three per cent of the postgraduate seats were reserved for OBC candidates. Last year, it has been found that not a single OBC person

'Why not common syllabus for entrance exam?'

Chennai: In yet another setback to NEET aspirants and educationists, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has ruled out any plans of introducing a common course in CBSE, ICSE and other State boards, saying uniform syllabus across the country will not take into account the local culture and language. As soon as this was announced, many began worrying for State board students for whom the entrance for medicine – National

'We didn't take it seriously first'

Chennai: What was supposed to be a memorable experience turned ghastly for 37 trekkers in Theni. As of now, at least nine persons– four women, four men and one child, have been charred to death in Kurangani area in Theni district. Speaking to News Today, Monisha (30), a resident of Madipakkam, recounted the incident and her escape. “Apart from a group of trekkers, we were 24 of us. We had

Children from other States make way into TN for work

Chennai: A number of trains arrive and leave Tamilnadu through day and night, but what is overlooked is the number of migrant minor boys and girls who get off at various railway stations looking to make a livelihood. Minors from as far as Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal, the North-East and even Nepal come to Tamilnadu in search of jobs. These youngsters find work in poultry farms,

Why is Kolukkumalai trekkers paradise?

Chennai: Theni had been a trekkers paradise, filled with lush green mountains and abundance of rainfall. The forest fire on Sunday caught trekkers by surprise at Kolukkumalai. This hamlet in Bodinayakanur taluk in Theni district of Tamilnadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala, sees trekkers throughout the year. It is popular for its tea estates. Tourists can access the approach roads from Suryanelli, near Munnar, in Idukki district, to reach here.