An exclusive centre to house the examination wing of Mahatma Gandhi University, Pareeksha Bhavan, will be inaugurated on November 12. The commissioning of Pareeksha Bhavan has been taken up as part of the year-long silver jubilee celebration of the university.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony will be the guest of honour at the function. The project, taken up one and a half years ago by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), was completed in a time bound manner. However, the university had to scale down its original plan for a seven-storied building on account of the escalating prices of raw materials. As of now, Pareeksha Bhavan will be a three storied building. The Pareeksha Bhavan will have provisions for a completely computerised functioning.

Mahatma Gandhi University conducts the maximum number of university examinations a year in the State—over 8000. It enrols 1,50,000 students every year to the 410 courses in graduate, postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes through 22 university departments, 22 engineering colleges, one law college, three medical colleges, 20 nursing colleges, seven institutes run by the School of Medical Education, four pharmacy colleges, four dental colleges, three Ayurveda colleges, two homoeo colleges, one Music and Fine Arts College in addition to the 121 affiliated art and science colleges, 37 education training colleges and 12 university colleges of teacher education.

In addition, the Pareeksha Bhavan will oversee the examinations being conducted in the 72 off-campus centres, including the eight abroad and nine outside the State.

The silver jubilee celebrations will also witness the opening up of the entire knowledge reservoir generated by the university to the public domain.

In a major effort in digitising, the university library and the University Department of Public Relations have joined hands to realise the grand dream. This will make available the entire quantum of information generated through the various research programmes taken up in the university during the last 25 years.

GEORGE JACOB