Special Correspondent

It will offer courses presently not available in PEC

Puducherry: Education Minister M. O. H. F. Shahjahan has said that an engineering college would be established in the next few months in Karaikal and the Government intended to offer courses that were were not available in Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC).

Talking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Mr. Shahjahan said that he had held meetings with the legislators of Karaikal and reviewed the various schemes implemented for development of the region.

As there was need to have a professional college in the district, the Government had decided to start an engineering college.

With Karaikal likely to have an airport sooner than later, there was possibility of upcoming engineering college to offer course in aeronautical engineering also. Fashion technology and marine engineering courses could also be other subjects.

"Let us make available innovative courses to the students instead of letting them tread the beaten track," he said.

To start with, the college would function from a rented building and a site for permanent and spacious premises would be selected soon.

Fishing harbour

Mr. Shahjahan, who is also in charge of Fisheries, said that the first phase of construction of the Rs.38 crore fishing harbour in Karaikal had been completed and the construction of the second phase would be taken up soon.

The Department of Education had sanctioned two central kitchens in Karaikal and each of these two centres would involve an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crore.

They were necessary to prepare noon meal for schools in hygienic environment to cater to the requirements of schools within their jurisdiction. Each of the four commune panchayats would have an indoor stadium and necessary plan was being finalised.

The administration would also start a "Palkalaikoodam" in Karaikal on the same lines as the Bharathiar Palakalai Koodam in Puducherry.

Asserting that Puducherry and its outlying regions were offering good scope for educational development, Mr. Shahjahan said that there were proposals to associate foreign institutions to have Memoranda of Understanding with Puducherry Government so that courses offered abroad could be made accessible to students from the Union Territory.

He said that once the State sponsored university came up, these endeavours would fructify.