Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Bharathidasan University has readied the building plan for the permanent campus of the Dr. Kalaignar Arts and Science College at Lalgudi, a constituent unit, at nearby Perugavaranallur village.

The buildings will come up on a 12-acre site in the village based on the models of the permanent campuses of two other constituent colleges at Perambalur and Orthanad, it is learnt.

The college inaugurated by Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudi started functioning last year with about 50 students enrolled in four programmes: BA Tamil, B.Com, BBA, and B.Sc. Computer Science. The number was less since the college began functioning nearly three months after the commencement of the academic year.

This year, the admissions have gone up manifold with the university according its nod to start four new programmes: BA English, BA History, B.Sc. IT, and BCA. There are now 450 students enrolled in the eight undergraduate programmes, Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko said. Adequate teachers had been appointed, he said, adding that only nominal fee was collected from students for quality education.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru took the initiative of starting the college in his home town by mobilising Rs. 1.1 crore. As per the government norms, universities can start constituent arts and science colleges in places where the local public mobilises Rs. 1 crore, about 25 per cent of the project cost. The land for the campus, a long-felt need, is to be provided by his family-run G. Narayanan Educational Trust.

The estimate of the project cost would be arrived at after the site was transferred to the university, the Vice-Chancellor said. As for the other two constituent colleges, the one in Perambalur had started functioning from the main campus from the start of this year, and the permanent campus of the Orthanad college is on the verge of completion, he said.

More In: Today's Paper