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Flood of applications at Pondicherry University

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J.A.K. Tareen
J.A.K. Tareen

Serena Josephine. M

Phenomenal increase in the last three years, says Vice-Chancellor Tareen

PUDUCHERRY: The number of applications for admission to postgraduate and research programmes at the Pondicherry University has increased from 8,000 in 2007 to 40,273 in 2010.

The university has 34 centres for conducting entrance examinations for admission to its programmes across the country.

This year, it has received a total of 40,273 applications from across the country – 28,655 for postgraduate courses, 2,748 for M.Phil. and 8,480 for Ph.D, vice-chancellor J.A.K. Tareen said.

In 2008, the university received approximately 11,000 applications, followed by 28,000 in 2009.

Past three years

“There has been a phenomenal increase in the number of applications received during the past three years. This when many universities are facing problems of applications,” he said.

At present, the university offers 147 PG and research programmes through 42 departments as against 87 programmes and 34 departments three years ago, he observed.

“The student strength has now touched 4,000 from 1,400. We are targeting 6,000 by the next two years,” Mr. Tareen said.

The Vice-Chancellor was working with the University Grants Commission to increase the strength of non-teaching, technical, and sports staff.

Phase-II

Construction of new buildings would be taken up in phase-II, approval for which would be granted by the building committee on May 7, Mr. Tareen said.

“The works taken up in the first phase will be completed by June end. This includes exclusive buildings for social sciences and humanities, separate buildings for school of Tamil and academic staff college with guest house, five more hostels and 40 staff quarters,” he said.

In the second phase, separate buildings for earth sciences, bioinformatics, electronic media and mass communication and green energy technology would come up at the cost of Rs. 60 crore, he said.

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