Staff Reporter

To offer M.Sc. nursing courses from this year

UGC has sanctioned Rs.2 crore for the preparatory work

Courses expected to start in August in two rented buildings

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, will start its South Kerala campus in Pathanamthitta. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has cleared the proposal, Anto Antony, MP, and K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA, said here on Saturday.

At a press conference, Mr. Antony said the University Grants Commission had sanctioned a token grant of Rs.2 crore for the preparatory works for setting up the School of Medicine and Public Health of the university here. It would start the M.Sc. (nursing) course with gynaecology and community medicine as specialisations in the academic year 2010-11.

The MP said the Ministry had sanctioned one post of professor, two posts of associate professor and three of assistant professors at the school. The courses were expected to start in August in two rented buildings in Pathanamthitta.

Mr. Sivadasan Nair said the facilities at Pathanamthitta General Hospital and the District Hospital at Kozhencherry would be utilised for the postgraduate programmes.

IGNOU campus

Mr. Antony said the Community College run by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would start various courses in July. The town campus had been set up in Pathanamthitta and the village campus at Kaipattoor.

The administrative office of the college would start functioning next week.

He said the Ministry had proposed to set up a model college in each district, in association with IGNOU. Konni had been identified for setting up the college in Pathanamthitta district and IGNOU had agreed to the proposal.

Central school

The MP said the Union Ministry has accorded sanction for a central school in Pathanamthitta district, besides the one functioning at Adoor. The school would be set up in the Chenneerkara panchayat area.

He said Railways would begin work on a multiplex, estimated at Rs.20 crore, on the Thiruvalla railway station premises in three months.