Meta-university concept is gaining ground

Shastry V. Mallady
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Periyar, Bharatidasan, Bharathiar varsities to join hands

K. Muthuchelian
K. Muthuchelian

The meta-university concept in higher education is taking shape in the State with three universities planning to come together for offering postgraduate courses jointly.

Under the meta-university arrangement, students can pursue their course in three State-run universities and benefit from their expertise and infrastructure simultaneously.

The collaboration proposal is being pursued by Periyar University at Salem and it was discussed during the Vice-Chancellors’ conference convened by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education in Chennai recently.

K. Muthuchelian, Vice-Chancellor of Periyar University, told The Hindu here on Tuesday that his university was keen to introduce meta-university system in collaboration with Bharathidasan University in Tiruchi and Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.

“A single postgraduate course will be jointly offered by the three universities and students will pursue each semester in one university. The final semester will be done in industry for practical training. Our proposal is in the pipeline and Periyar University is negotiating with the other two universities,” he said.

The proposal is to start with postgraduate courses in geology, computer applications, biotechnology and nanotechnology. “We have chosen these two universities — Bharathiar and Bharatidasan — keeping the distance factor and proximity in mind. This new concept in all possibility will take off from coming academic year,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Placement prospects

Dr. Muthuchelian has said that Periyar University, which caters to students from Salem, Namakkal, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, is giving top priority to career counselling and placement opportunities. Personality development, soft skills and communicative English programmes cater to students of 80 affiliated colleges of the university.

Over 4,000 students got placement in the last two years in various companies, including Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro.

The State Government has allotted Rs. 1 crore for setting up a curriculum development centre in the university. A 17-member committee, comprising subject experts, was formed with the approval of the Syndicate and had prepared job-oriented curriculum.

He said that the university’s distance education wing had been revamped and would be placed before the Distance Education Council for approval.



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