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Foundation stone laid -- TN CM pins hopes on American school

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The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, taking a look at a model of the American residential school at the corner-stone laying ceremony at Taramani, Chennai. Also seen in the picture are Mr Bernard Alter, US Consul-General (second from left), and Mr Stephen Plisinski, Head of the school (extreme right).


THE Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, laid the stone for a new campus for the American International School in Chennai on Monday. The school, to cater to the international community here, is scheduled for completion in July 2003.

Ms Jayalalitha said that the international educational institution would enhance the competitive advantage of the State in attracting foreign investments.

Educational facilities for the children of those from different parts of the globe, employed in multinational companies here, are a crucial requirement. The school was a part of various infrastructure envisaged to suit the requirements of the foreign nationals employed here, she said.

The school will also add value to the locality, Taramani, which is home to a large number of educational institutions and is a fast emerging knowledge hub of Chennai.

In addition to the existing institutions, the State Government has decided to set up a knowledge city to house R & D facilities for knowledge-based industries, the biotechnology park and a knowledge industrial township.

The school will have a built up area of 1,76,496 square feet on three levels for 540 students. The new campus will have a two-storied library, an art studio, and laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology, individual suites for music, special needs and English as the second language of instruction.

The school is patterned on the US public school system and offers the Advanced Placement programme of the College Board; it is a member of the European Council of International Schools, the Near East-South Asia Council of Overseas Schools and the Association for the Advancement of International Education.

Sports facilities include full size, air conditioned courts and arenas for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and single and double squash courts and fitness rooms. Outdoor facilities include a soccer field, running tracks and a half-Olympic-size swimming pool.

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