BSNL line to link varsity with PG centres at Karaikal, Port Blair
PUDUCHERRY: Teleconferencing facility has been established between Pondicherry University and its off-campus centres at Karaikal and Port Blair, Andamans.
Vice-Chancellor of the university J.A.K. Tareen told The Hindu that the university has established a leased Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) line for direct teleconferencing with its postgraduate centres at Karaikal and Port Blair.
“We have just commissioned this facility. Now, students from the centres at Karaikal and Port Blair can attend lectures delivered at the university,” he said. The university's Post Graduate Centre at Karaikal houses three departments, while the centre at Port Blair consists of the Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology and Department of Coastal Disaster Management.
The PG Centre of the university at Karaikal, which till now was functioning at Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Government College of Education, is all set to get two new buildings. The foundation stone would be laid on May 13. The centre is about three years old.
“The Puducherry government has allotted about 5.5 acres of land for the centre. We will be constructing two buildings – one for academic purposes and the other for administration – at a cost of about Rs. 10 crore to Rs. 11 crore. The building for academics can house six departments. The construction will be completed in 18 months,” Mr. Tareen said.
At present, the centre has three departments – computer science, management and commerce. These offer courses such as Master of Computer Applications, Master of Business Administration - Insurance and Master of Commerce - Business Finance. Three more courses could be started once the new building comes up, he said.
“These two buildings are enough initially. But, we are going to request the government to allocate a larger piece of land for hostels and starting more departments, including sciences. We need at least 50 acres of land,” Mr. Tareen said.
The PG centre, he said, should ultimately emerge as a university by itself. “Our target is to make this centre a full-fledged university at Karaikal,” he said.