The Cooperative Arts and Science College at Athoor will initially offer five undergraduate courses

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Cooperation Minister I. Periyasamy on Friday inaugurated the distribution of student application forms for the current academic year at the Cooperative Arts and Science College, Athoor near Dindigul.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Periyasamy said that the forthcoming Cooperative College of Arts and Sciences located in Sudhanayagipuram village at Seevalsiragu panchayat in Athoor was one of the measures taken by Chief Minister MK Stalin for the benefit of rural students, an official statement said.

The college currently offers five courses – BA History, BA Economics, BA Cooperation, B.Com and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – and in the next academic year steps will be taken to introduce more courses, a- he added.

The fee structure is very minimal – ₹1,465 including application and registration fees – which would encourage students from over 600 villages in and around Athoor to undertake higher education, Mr Periyasamy said . The location is easily accessible to students with good connectivity from government buses as well, he added.

The college would temporarily operate in the additional buildings on Janiee Health and Educationals premises, the statement said.

More colleges

In addition, Mr. Periyasamy said that Mr. Stalin had agreed to establish four colleges in Dindigul, the Government Siddha Medical College in Palani and a cooperative training institute in Kodaikanal and that steps are being taken to realize them. He also said that he would submit a proposal to the Chief Minister for the establishment of another college in Natham and a law college in Dindigul district. He also noted that 33 colleges have been established across the state in two years of DMK’s takeover, which is commendable.

Speaking to the media, he said that a legal committee will soon be set up to investigate the irregularities amounting to ₹780 crore committed by officials of the cooperatives department over the past 10 years. He added that the filling of vacancies in the department would be done in a transparent manner to root out corrupt practices.

Dindigul Collector S. Visakan, Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies (Dindigul Zone) K. Gandhinathan, Principal of Venkatachalam Cooperative College of Arts and Sciences and others were present.

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