Chennai, Oct 2
THE Department of Posts today released a commemorative stamp in honour of late Dr T.S. Soundram, a freedom fighter and founder of the institutions of Gandhigram.
Daughter of Mr T.V. Sundaram Iyengar, founder of the TVS Group, Dr Soundram set up Gandhigram in 1947 to help rural poor for their growth and development in the areas of health, education, economic development and social welfare.
As a deputy minister of education in the Union Cabinet headed by Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Soundram was instrumental in making primary education free all over the country.
Releasing the stamp, Mr Dayanaidhi Maran, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, said the honour was for entire Tamil Nadu. In the last 16 months the postal department had released commemorative stamps in honour of 12 great personalities of Tamil Nadu, including Tirupur Kumaran. Three more stamps on V. Kalyanasundram (freedom fighter), Kavimani Desika Vinayagam Pillai (a poet), and N.M.R. Subbaraman (a Gandhian), would be released this year, he said.
Mr Venu Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Motor Company, and nephew of Dr Soundram, said that whatever social work the group is undertaking was due to inspiration from his aunt. She set a good example for the family, he said.
Mr N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, said that Dr Soundram's vision of providing free primary education all over the country was yet to be fulfilled. There was no system of free, compulsory, education in most parts of the country, he said.