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With liberal contribution from donors, the women polytechnic was started in 1981 to impart technical education to rural girls in several villages around Palani taluk. This was the only Government polytechnic in the district catering to the needs of students of poor families.
From this academic year, second and final year students of civil, mechanical and commercial streams were shifted to the Palani Andavar Polytechnic for Men. The institute name has been changed as Palani Andavar Polytechnic.
Institute closure did not bring in any financial relief either to the Palani Andavar Devasthanam or to the Department of Education as the management need to pay the teaching staff.
Experienced staff members in the polytechnic said this was the fourth educational institution to be closed in Palani town. Already, the Senthamizh College, the Siddha Medical College and the Indian College of Culture were closed. Except commercial practice, students' strength was good in civil and electronic engineering sections of the polytechnic. Principals on deputation managed the institute till date. The HR&CE department too did not take much interest in running the institute.
Merger has not only denied opportunity to girls but also reduced the number of seats for boys, as women, would share existing vacancies in all courses in the men polytechnic. Only solace was most of the existing vacancies in the men polytechnic were filled by women polytechnic staff.
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