Special Correspondent

Testing facility for neurotoxins to be set up in Department of Pharmacology

CHENNAI: The University of Madras has received Rs. 15 crore worth grants for research and extension activities undertaken by its various department.

"While the Department of Science and Technology has given us a Rs. 5 crore and the Department of Biotechnology Rs. 4 crore, the rest comes from the University Grants Commission," Vice-Chancellor S. Ramachandran told reporters on Monday.

A national testing facility for neurotoxins will be set up in the Department of Pharmacology and Environmental Toxicology with the DST grant. The Department of Crystallography and Biophysics, Guindy campus, has been elevated as a Centre of Advanced Study by the UGC, along with a Rs.1-crore grant.

The department will also get a DBT fund of Rs. 2.53 crore, apart from a one-time UGC grant of Rs. 20 lakh for infrastructure development. The UGC has given Rs. 22.5 lakh worth research scholarships to five students.

The Department of Zoology and the Department of Geology will get UGC grants of Rs. 70 lakh and Rs. 75 lakh respectively while the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Applied Geology get Rs. 40 lakh and Rs. 45 lakh.

The UGC has also sanctioned Rs. 1,18, 50,000 for various other research projects.

Manuscripts Mission

The Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture has approved a grant of Rs. 22,31,000 for the Department of Sanskrit and Tamil Literature for the National Manuscripts Mission.

The Department of Ocean Development of the Ministry of Earth Sciences has approved a Rs. 7.2-crore project by the Department of Microbiology for studying the anti-HIV properties of extracts derived from marine organisms. As a first instalment, Rs. 50 lakh has been received.

The Senate House restoration project was in its final stages and would be completed within a month, he said.