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Paytm karo... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Where is Rajaji? Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. An enemy’s enemy is a friend Welcome focus on core competence A proud Madrasi Tribute – M V Murugappan Shale gas and its shallow future Multi-faceted Venkat An inexplicable neglect Robber barons everywhere Funding the un-funded Shanti and Sadhana through Music For whom the MIDS bell tolls? TGS- The king storyteller Intellectual of rare qualities The Jan Dhan bonanza Nuclear power at the nucleus Shipping woes of Chennai companies The star of Spencers is no more Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Kudos to NDTV... This scant respect for Law CII projects higher growth… Gay abandon in pricing Editor's Notes Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Protest masters... Revving up the manufacturing sector Valli, they are more marginalised …and of a popular trade leader Moily’s bold thrust Cement prices continue to rise… Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... The nuclear option When nations steal growth from one another… Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The Gulf aviation boom F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Where a state respects its litterateurs… Delhi returns to BJP A glass full of corruption Tatas moving out of urea production... Vibrant Gujarat The sea- saw battle continues... Breaththrough in malaria control China invests in India Cutting the nose to spite the face Tax agriculture New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Quality education through the PPP mode Poor quality of university VCs A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Put expensive assets created to use... Parliament in paralysis... 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Should we change the official year? More heat than light Road development slows down West Bengal: mindless malignancy R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Build close rapport with business leaders Five star activism stalls development activity Solar, solar everywhere … Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model The power-full Hindujas A welcome initiative by the judiciary Which side are you, Montek? He saved millions from starvation... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles No Maha Koottani in TN... Rahman at CIC Muffled voices for merit… Why land prices zoom in TN? Streamlining mandatory third party cover The few handicaps... Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Readers' Mail The rise and fall of Annamalai University Return to king coal for urea... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Plummeting profits of PSBs When the President was rendered homeless… Editor's Says A friendly business group When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Banning booze... Tribute More tributes to GR Delhi is distant Tough task taking states together Polls and promises S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Wise Presidents All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Welcome GST Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Make standards certification mandatory... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health When online building permits work…. WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Convulsions in The Hindu Delhi Chalo... The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ The balancing act PC’s preference for professionals Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Building loyalty through the stomach When Ratan Tata visited SRM Pharma – overdose of copying Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Align crops to agro climate endowments… GM Technology at last! Sweet news for TN sugar mills Fortune for Indian Airlines 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 Waning interest in public discussions… Maximising the micro pricing … Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Modi storms Silicon Valley Solar thermal shines… Alexa – Talking Wikipedia How Air-India loses customs... When small is no larger beautiful.. Don’t seem to feel the pulse… TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Gas is the way forward A think tank for Chennai A more liberated TN… Medical costs hit the roof... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Auto components surge… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Why this malaise in medical education? The brown list of Venkitaramanan Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Telangana in top gear… No engine for this car Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Roaring Ro-Ro facility Delhi is distant… TELANGANA at last…BUT Russi Mody – a tribute Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Recognition to role of NBFCs.... 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Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Towards speedy justice TIAM turns a full cycle Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Engineering seats go abegging Preserving for the future He continues the focus on social amelioration L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Modi and the lady Boy, can you beat these? Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal IPL type auction for VCs? IPL - no surprise this scam Small units prefers to remain small... Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS The why of tax incentives Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present?
 
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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