Despite recession blues, the Salem region consisting of Namakkal and other districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, is emerging as the hub of professional education in Tamil Nadu with a host of new engineering and arts and science colleges being added to the existing list.
A couple of years ago, Salem district had 39 higher education institutions such as engineering colleges, arts and science and polytechnic colleges, besides Government Medical College, Government Engineering College, private-managed Vinayaka Mission University and Salem Periyar University.
The State’s higher education department also runs four Government Arts Colleges.
But for the last two years, the list has grown to 55 with the opening of 10 new engineering colleges, two arts and science colleges, three management institutes and a polytechnic college, besides a constituent college of Periyar University in Mettur.
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