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Education, the major factor for the development of a nation or a person, constituted an important aspect in the sphere of depressed class peoples upliftment too. The British administration in Madras and other parts of India began to introduce English education to the natives for getting cheap labour from them.  It becomes a blessing in disguise to the native people.  The upper-class people availed the opportunity of English education and occupied key posts in the government. The Educational survey undertaken by Munro in 1822 did not refer to the education of Low Castes who were expected only to render menial service to the four varnas.  The Directors of the East India Company in their memorable dispatch of 1854 had declared that “No boy be refused admission to the Government School or College on the ground of Caste”.  The right of the depressed class pupil of entering Government Schools was asserted in the despatch of 1858  But the scheme was not effective, because of the opposition of the high castes to the admission of students from the depressed class in public schools.

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P. SRIDHAR, & P.Senraya Perumal. (2020). Contributions Of Higher Education Institutions In Tirunelveli – A Study. History Research Journal, 5(6), 2784-2792. Retrieved from