The late Prime Minister J Jayalalithaa placed emphasis on higher education and founded a number of colleges including the arts, technical college, and engineering.
The government continued to follow in their footsteps and continued the initiative to establish new institutions and improve the infrastructure of existing ones.
In light of such initiatives, Tamil Nadu’s gross enrollment rate was 49 percent, while the national average was 26.3 percent.
Responding to DMK deputy chairman Duraimurugan, Palaniswami responded to the division of Thiruvallur University, saying Villupuram is backward and the move is aimed at facilitating higher education for students from that region.
Administration would only be more efficient if universities were restructured in line with the establishment of more and more affiliated colleges, he said.
Tamil Nadu has at least 20 state universities, including separate ones for medicine, law, sports, fishing, and music.