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It will be offered from the coming academic year

A sum of Rs.90 lakh allotted to set up language labs on the Chepauk and Guindy campuses

CHENNAI: The University of Madras will introduce a Masters degree programme in Public Administration (Tamil medium) from the coming academic year.

The course — M.A. Public Administration — will be offered at a fee of Rs.4,800 per year. “The course is aimed at equipping aspiring civil servants with knowledge of public administration in our country,” vice-chancellor S. Ramachandran said here on Saturday.

Addressing press persons in connection with the Syndicate meeting held earlier in the day, Prof. Ramachandran said four centres for distance learning would be set up in New Delhi, Amritsar, Kasargod and Shillong.

A sum of Rs.90 lakh had been allotted to set up language labs on the Chepauk and Guindy campuses of the University of Madras. The University would also sign four memoranda of understanding with the Anna Institute of Management and institutions in Thailand, Sri Lanka and France.

A total of Rs.1.10 crore has been allocated for procuring equipment for different laboratories in the University. “We also have Rs.30 crore of the Rs.100 crore grant allocated to us by the University Grants Commission,” Prof. Ramachandran added.

Recruitment

As many as 55 faculty members would be recruited soon.

Other decisions taken during the meeting included reduction in course fee for the Masters course in Bharatanatyam.

The fee, earlier Rs.25,000, has now been reduced to Rs.17,000. Since the course did not involve any laboratory work, the lab fee has been deducted. Students who had already paid the fee earlier would get a refund of the amount paid in excess , he said.

Queried on the status of the proposed National University, Prof. Ramachandran said a final decision on the proposal, still pending with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, was yet to be taken.

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