BARNALA LAUDS JAINS ON EDUCATION FRONT
Inaugurating the Southern Regional Conference organised by the Federation of Jain Educational Institutes of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra States here today, Surjit Singh Barnala said education was the key to success as it 'liberated people from bondage and ignorance'. Barnala commended the pivotal role of the Jain community, who form only 0.4 per cent of the total Indian population, in the field of education and their valid contributions during natural calamities. He noted that more educational institutions were being started by Jain academicians and philanthropists to help spread education, improve literacy rate and contribute to socio-economic development of the country. He lauded the efforts of Bharatiya Jain Sangathana and the FJEI, who have signed a memorandum with the government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for undertaking education programmes in 400 schools. Sarojini Varadappan, President, Indian Red Cross, and a veteran social worker was conferred with the Mahavira-Mahatma Award.
Photo- Tamilnadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala felicitating Sarojini Varadappan, president, Indian Red Cross, with Mahavira-Mahatma Award of Times Foundation at a function in Chennai. Also seen is Shantilal Muttha, founder-national president, Federation of Jain Educational Institutes.