Staff Reporter

M.Sc in Food Technology, M.A. in Disaster Management likely from next academic year

Meet stresses need to create ambience for growth of university

More than 12 journals to be started this year

PUDUCHERRY: The Pondicherry University has plans to introduce new courses including M.Sc in Food Technology and M.A. in Disaster Management from the next academic year.

According to a press release, a meeting was convened on May 6 by the deans of various schools of the university to take stock of the recent developments and discuss future plans. Vice-Chancellor of the university J.A.K. Tareen chaired the session.

He said that 10 university departments – philosophy, history, tourism management, commerce, earth sciences, mathematics, ecology, physics, bio-technology and French – have been selected for grant under special assistance programme of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

He stressed the need to create an ambience for growth and development of the university to reach the goal of becoming a world-class university. It was in this direction that the institution was in the process of improving infrastructure, starting new courses, recruiting new faculty and launching more than 12 journals, the release said.

The Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asian Regional Cooperation would be established at the university this year. Funded by the South Asia Foundation, the institute would be a hub for activities of South Asian Regional Cooperation.

There were plans to build a Silver Jubilee Auditorium with a capacity of 2,500 and an art gallery showcasing Dravidian culture and artefacts. Apart from this, a children’s section and a section for visually challenged students would be set up at the library. The institution was constructing five more new hostels, the release said.

Director for Culture and Cultural Relations A. Balasubramanian said that more than 12 journals would be started this year. An Educational Multimedia Research Centre would be set up and would consist of video conferencing facility to reach the university’s centres at Karaikal and Port Blair.

There was an increase in the sale of applications for various courses at the university from 12,000 last year to more than 25,000 this year. This included 18,000 online applicants, Registrar of the University S. Loganathan said.