Special Correspondent

Construction of library nearing completion

CHENNAI: The 17-year-old Chennai Mathematical Institute has got its own campus at Siruseri, 20 km from the city.

The construction of the library and laboratory wings is nearing completion. The construction of a hostel and cafeteria building will begin shortly. The total cost is estimated to be Rs. 2.3 crore, according to a release issued by the Institute.

Several corporate firms and private foundations have given financial support to the institute, which has appealed for greater contributions. At present, the institute has 70 students, including those in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses, according to Director C. S. Seshadri.

At a function held on Thursday, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar declared open the administrative block.

Role model

He said the institute was a role model not just for teaching of higher mathematics but also for higher education as a whole.

Calling for nurturing interface among research, education and technology, Dr. Kakodkar said a recent brainstorming session, attended by atomic energy experts, agreed that the talent among the youth should be spotted even at the level of higher secondary education.

A.C. Muthiah, founder-trustee and chairman of the governing council of the institute, said the institute had become a centre of excellence in research and teaching.