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Kejriwal to inaugurate Tamil Nadu’s three education schemes on September 5

Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, will launch the Tamil Nadu government’s ambitious welfare program targeting students on September 5. as well as opening up model schools and schools of excellence.

Kejriwal will be in Chennai at the invitation of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, just two days before he was due to launch the Bharat Jodo Yatra to be undertaken by Rahul Gandhi and other congress leaders in Kanyakumari.

Sources in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said the state government’s invitation to Kejriwal had no “political connotation” as the new model schools were inspired by the dispensation of the Aam Aadmi party in Delhi. The party sources said it was decided it was “only appropriate” for the Delhi Chief Minister himself to inaugurate them in the state.

During his visit to New Delhi in April, Stalin had visited one of the model schools there and stated that his government would invite Kejriwal to inaugurate the first series of similar schools. The government of Tamil Nadu had established 26 institutes of excellence and 15 model schools in the state and planned to increase this number gradually.

“Thank you Thiru @mkstalin for inviting me to visit Tamil Nadu next week. I am delighted to join the people of Tamil Nadu on their journey towards an educational revolution. We will launch 3 pivotal projects together on September 5,” Kejriwal wrote on his verified Twitter page.

The model schools built by the AAP government in the national capital serve as inspiration for Tamil Nadu which has embarked on an ambitious journey to modernize government schools in the state at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore.

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Financial aid to girls’ students – the scheme is called Pudumai Penn Thittam – is an ambitious scheme aimed at increasing the proportion of girls students in government schools in higher education.

The scheme, which is likely to benefit six lakh students per year, will provide a monthly aid of Rs 1,000 to girl students who have studied from grades 6 to 12 in government schools until the “continuous completion” of their courses.

The model schools and financial aid were part of the state’s 2022-2023 budget announcements.

“These programs are aimed at students and the Chief Minister decided to invite Kejriwal whose government is leading an education revolution in Delhi. There is absolutely no politics in this event. Our alliance with Congress is strong and it is evident from the fact that our CM will launch Rahul Gandhi’s yatra from Kanyakumari,” a senior DMK leader told DH.


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