Education played key role in TN social transformation: Sonia

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Chennai, Sep 5 (UNI) Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said education in Tamil Nadu played a key role in social transformation and led to women's empowerment.

Addressing the gathering after receiving the Honorary Doctorate from Madras University on the occasion of its 150th year celebrations, she said the education system had given the women in Tamil Nadu who were subject to discrimination for long, a new future.

Stating lessons from Tamil Nadu that should be learnt by other states for ushering in social revolution, she said the UPA Government had given impetus to and made massive investments in elementary education in 2004 due to low enrolment in schools and lack of quality teaching.

''Our flagship programme Sarva Sikhsya Abhiyaan has brought tangible impact in the educationally backward states,'' she claimed.

Ms Gandhi said the noon meal scheme launched by Former Chief Minister K Kamaraj in Tamil Nadu was being implemented across the country, which helped in increasing the enrolment rate.

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