Special Correspondent

All modern equipment and facilities will be installed

SIVAGANGA: P. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, said that the science block, which had been designed to house all science departments under one roof, would be completed before June.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, he said as of now, construction works to the tune of Rs.50 crore had been taken up on the university campus. The new block was among the major works. It would have 7 floors besides the ground floor.

Though it was estimated to cost Rs.20 crore initially, the cost escalation factor had raised the cost up to Rs.30 crore. All modern equipment and facilities needed for scientific research would be installed in the block.

When completed it would be the most imposing structure in Karaikudi region.

Mr. Ramasamy said works were undertaken at a cost of Rs.4.5 crore at Thondi campus. Construction of marine research laboratories and hostels was among the works.

Buildings were being constructed for management and Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) at a cost of Rs.4 crore each.

Expressing satisfaction about the progress of them, he said that steps were taken to complete the projects within the stipulated time.

A massive allotment for infrastructural projects had showed that the university had achieved a phenomenal growth in all aspects during the last two and a half years. All stakeholders under his leadership had worked for the achievements.

The Vice-Chancellor said besides the revenue arrived from the State Government and the DDE, which was a major resource of the university, the UGG had sanctioned Rs.13.44 crore to it. It had generated Rs.14.5 crore through various funding agencies, including Department of Science and Technology.

When he took over the reigns of the university it had just 102 posts. It had been raised to 150 posts now.

He said that he had been working out a comprehensive plan of action to enhance the quality of education provided through distance education to international level. As many as 25 teachers were appointed exclusively for DDE recently.

The programmes offered by the DDE had got the approval of the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Shenbagavalli, Registrar in-charge, V. Manickavasagam, Controller of Examinations, V. Balachandran, Director, Directorate of Distance Education, and other officials were present.