Science block, housing blocks for teachers, hostels ready

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate Mangalore University’s first post-graduation study centre outside its Mangalagangotri campus at Chikkaluvaru in Kodagu district on November 18. Classes on the new campus will being in December.

The study centre, which is about 16 km from Kushalnagar, is spread on 72.5 acres of land. Vice-Chancellor T. C. Shivashankara Murthy said the government had promised to hand over another 30 acres to make the centre a 100-acre off-campus.

Prof. Murthy said that science block, six housing blocks for teachers and a hostel with 20 rooms for women and another hostel of similar size for men were ready at Chikkaluvaru. The two hostels would accommodate 160 students, 80 men and 80 women. He said the arts block was under construction.

The university is offering bio-chemistry and microbiology post-graduation courses at Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College at Madikeri. As the first semester classes for 2013-14 have commenced, those classes would be shifted to Chikkaluvaru campus after the first semester examinations in November, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The classes of second semester for those courses would be conducted at Chikkaluvaru from December end.

The university has proposed to offer post-graduation courses in chemistry, economics, commerce and social work at Chikkaluvarau from 2014-15, he said.

Second PG centre

The government recently allotted 20 acres to the university at Belapu village, about 25 km from Udupi town, to open the university’s second post-graduate study centre.

The university has prepared a Rs. 22-crore proposal to build infrastructure at Belapu and has written to the government to release Rs. 5 crore as initial fund.

It has been planned to lay the foundation stone for the construction once the government allotted the first instalment, Prof. Murthy said.

An arts block, a science block and a commerce block, a shopping centre, hostels for men and women would come up at Belapu, he said.

Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande is expected to attend the inauguration of the PG study centre.

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