KANNUR UNIVERSITYAn industry-university interface which aims at promoting technical and research output that will support local industries and other related economic activities is one of the ambitious targets that Kannur University strongly pursues. The idea of the interface was conceived during the tenure of previous Vice-Chancellor late P.K. Rajan and is still being pursued by the university authorities with all seriousness it deserves. The latest instance of the university's initiatives to involve participation of local industries in promoting training facilities equipped to produce more technical hands required for those industries is an M.Sc. course in Wood Science and Technology which will be started this academic year. The fact that the district, especially Valapattanam area, has large number of wood-based industries, the leader among them being the Western India Plywoods Ltd. (WIPL) started by late A.K. Kaderkutty, a pioneer industrialist in this part of the region. No wonder then that the course, which is expected to give a fillip to job-oriented educational initiatives, is being conducted in association with the WIPL."The university is introducing the course taking into consideration the demand for technical hands required for wood-processing and wood-based industries,'' says the Pro Vice-Chancellor K. Kunhikrishnan. The course has been designed by the WIPL and the university has enriched it with inputs from other sciences, he says adding that the course is envisaged as a tailor-made one required for the wood industries. The practical-oriented course will provide job opportunities in India and abroad, according to university officials. While the course will be conducted on the Payyannur campus, practical examination will be conducted on the WIPL premises at Valapattanam.MOHAMED NAZEER