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Poised to take shape at Bharathidasan University

TIRUCHI: The Lab for Innovation planned by Bharathidasan University is poised to take shape.

A sum of Rs. 50 lakh is to be invested for the Lab that would come up on a one-acre area on the university premises.

The Lab will serve as a centre for incubating innovation and nurturing creativity of students. Product-oriented innovations are to be patented.

Its facilities would be utilised to formalise the skills of uneducated rural youths in traditional vocations such as carpentry and electrical wiring with certificates that are considered essential for seeking overseas jobs.

Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko will chair the maiden meeting of the Committee constituted for the purpose on July 28. The Committee would comprise representatives of technical bodies, Confederation of Indian Industry, Builders’ Association of India, and academicians in the realm of technical education.

Prof. Ponnavaikko informed about the first meeting of the Committee on Saturday while presiding over the ‘passing out ceremony’ of the candidates of Summer Course for 2008 conducted by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (IECD).

Courses in music instruments (key board and guitar), basic computer operations, tally, desk top publishing, computer hardware technology, C, C++, and Photoshop were conducted for youth and housewives.

Those with just a pass in standard V were permitted to take up the courses in Basic Computer Operations, Photoshop, Key Board and Guitar.

Distributing certificates to the successful candidates, Prof. Ponnavaikko said that, considering the importance of skill development, the courses run by the IECD would be introduced as a subject in graduation studies. Those who had already studied any course run by the Institute at the school level will be exempted from studying it for graduation, he said.

The IECD, said its Director K. Parthasarathy, offered 50 per cent scholarship for SC/ST candidates for the summer course, 25 per cent concession for MBC & BC candidates, 100 per cent scholarship for differently-abled candidates and 50 per cent concession for the university’s teaching and non-teaching staff, and their wards.

Of the 252 candidates who underwent different programmes, 90 were girls and women, Dr. Parthasarathy said. IECD co-ordinator Prakash also addressed the participants.

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