Shastry V. Mallady

Air-conditioned classrooms will have computers and LCD projectors

MADURAI: Classroom teaching in Madurai Kamaraj University is poised to assume a contemporary feel with a new concept, `smart classrooms,' being shaped up in all departments through funding from University Grants Commission.

A total of 18 `smart classrooms' are being set up in the varsity at a cost of Rs. One crore provided under the University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) Scheme, both for arts and science departments.

The new concept envisages electronic mode of teaching and learning instead of conventional classroom methods. Air-conditioned classrooms will be provided with computers, LCD projectors etc, where PowerPoint presentations will be de rigeur.

Vice-Chancellor P. Maruthamuthu said on Friday that the varsity was asked to create smart classrooms once it received the UPE status from the UGC. Each school in the university was being allotted Rs.3.5 lakh for the purpose of smart classrooms.

Rs. One crore allotted

According to L. Thara Bhai, Programme Coordinator for UPE scheme and the Coordinator of School of Social Sciences, the allocation for this project is Rs. One crore for the 18 schools in the university.

Modern equipment would be bought in tune with the e-learning concept that was catching up everywhere in the country, she said.

Each `smart classroom' would accommodate about 60 students and the usual `teaching with chalk-piece' would have no room in the new concept, said Ms. Thara Bhai.

While existing classrooms are being completely refurbished in 12 schools, the varsity ws constructing the remaining in departments where they are required.

"The concept is aimed at making classroom learning a friendly experience for the students. It will be very beneficial if audio / visual gadgets are available," she said.

It is expected that the work on establishing the classrooms will be completed in six months.