In order to help women understand their rights and live with dignity, the government has decided to start courses on women’s empowerment through the University Grants Committee, the body’s vice-chairman H. Devaraj said.

A total of 157 courses will be started soon in universities across the country. In addition, the UGC will also be introducing measures to improve the quality of education in private universities and take up teachers’ training in a big way, he said, speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Women’s Christian College here on Monday.

The UGC will also be re-introducing jubilee grants, which will help old colleges and universities celebrate their achievements. Along with the Women’s Christian College, he said, Madras University, which was celebrating its 150 year, would be considered for this grant.

Speaking at the function, Madras University vice-chancellor R. Thandavan said a number of colleges under the university were over a 100 years old. To honour them, the university would be conducting a series of seminars where their achievements would be highlighted.

On Monday, WCC entered its 100 year. A virtual tree planting drive was inaugurated, where alumni from across the globe can plant trees on the campus and track them. They also inaugurated a vide wall, marking the countdown to the centenary year. The centenary flag was hoisted in front of Doveton House.

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