University of Madras has offered free seats to the students who are economically backward. A total of 101 boys and girls from poor families have offered free seats to get admissions in the courses offered by the University.
R Thandavan, Vice-Chancellor of the University said, "This reminds me of the hard days I had to go through as a young boy when I struggled to get good education. It was only because of my hard work and perseverance that I reached where I am now. Students should understand the importance of this scheme and do justice to themselves,"
A visually-challenged student R Gunasekaran said that he had no words to express his satisfaction. He studied Tamil as a subject and he wants to pursue research.
His father M Raja, a driver, said, "Had this scheme not been there, we would have to struggle a lot to give him good education."
Another student, Swathi said, "This was the happiest moment in my life".
University had introduced this scheme in the year 2010-11 to help the economically backward students.
This year University had received 540 applications, out of which 101 were selected to allot free seats, 140 were rejected for not filling the application form properly and remaining were called for interview.