The people of Tamil Nadu are gearing up for the festival of Pongal, which is just around the corner. An even bigger extravaganza that is just a couple of months away, is the Assembly Elections, for which all the political parties are gearing up. Recently, the TN government announced a Pongal gift for all ration card holders. This gift included Rs. 2,500 in cash and a number of other products including sugarcane. Opposition parties termed this move to be an election strategy of the ruling AIADMK government. It seems the TN government has been unfazed and is also in a very generous mood. Today, the TN government has announced free data to college students, for pursuing their online classes!

Ever since the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic outbreak happened, all schools and colleges have remained closed across the state and students have been following their classes, online only! Now, as a means of helping the students, the TN Government has announced free data of 2 GB per day for the next 4 months. This scheme will be valid from January of this year till April. This free scheme will be applicable to students of government aided arts & science classes, engineering colleges and polytechnic colleges. Also, students receiving scholarship in funded private colleges, are eligible for this scheme. Government sources state that about 9.6 lakh students would benefit from this scheme.

As per the government guidelines, regular colleges for PG level colleges in TN have opened from December 2nd, 2020! This was followed by the opening of the medical colleges for UG and PG students, from December 7th, 2020! In the most recent development, the state government has allowed the reopening of colleges for final year students of UG programmes, from February 1, 2021! Despite the colleges being reopened, attendance for students has been kept as voluntary and those wishing to continue pursuing online classes would be greatly benefited by this free data scheme from the TN government.