Canteen to get food court ambience and AC room, says VC

Civil infrastructure projects in the Madurai Kamaraj University are being implemented on a war-footing in the campus.

Renovation of Sir C. V. Raman Hall, construction of an ultra modern science block, cyber café, international guest house, compound wall for women's hostels and a new-look canteen are among the major projects under way right now.

“We are spending around Rs.20 lakh for the renovation of the two-decade old C. V. Raman Hall in our university. It will be able to match the modern requirements. Sound-proof system, multimedia projection and an attractive podium for seminars/workshops are coming up,” R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, said.

Another project being expedited at a fast pace is the science block coming up near the Vice-Chancellor's office at a cost of nearly Rs.6 crore. “That will be a good addition to our university infrastructure with all amenities like modern communication centre,” he said.

Besides, the varsity is also getting an international guest house at a cost of Rs.1.5 crore.

“Originally we planned to construct a new guest house for the UGC Academic Staff College. The MKU Syndicate gave a matching grant to that fund and we are now building an international guest house with an ambience that will be suited for hosting foreign guests, major seminars and workshops,” the Vice-Chancellor informed.

Another project being taken up soon is the construction of compound walls for the three ladies hostels in the campus.

Dr. Kumaravel said that the tenders were finalised through proper procedures and work will commence shortly. As a part of the student welfare measures, the amenities in hostels will be improved by refurbishing the cots, toilets and re-painting.

“I am reviewing the hostel works on a daily basis. Regular meetings are being convened with hostel wardens and student welfare is a priority for us,” he said. With regard to the university canteen too, the authorities are taking steps to give it a food court ambience.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the varsity was not in favour of giving the canteen on a contract to outsiders.

“There is a feeling that the present canteen is of little use. It will soon get a totally different ambience and it would be liked by all, faculty, research scholars, students and outsiders,” he said.

There will be a separate air-conditioned enclosure in the renovated canteen. Also the food will be prepared by MKU hostel staff only.

The university is also getting a multimedia laboratory at a cost of Rs.10 lakh.