Lady Doak College in Madurai has introduced M.Sc. (Nanoscience) course as a regular programme from coming academic year 2011-12.
It will be a two-year course approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which has sanctioned a grant of Rs.51 lakh under the UGC Eleventh Plan Innovative Programme.
Giving details about the new M.Sc. course at a press meet here on Friday, A. Mercy Pushpalatha, college Principal and secretary, has said that it will be an inter-disciplinary course being offered by involving all science departments. Applications for M.Sc. Nanoscience course will be issued in the college from April 4 and students would be admitted through an entrance test.
“Our college has taken this initiative in view of the concern over decline in interest for basic sciences. There is a lot of scope for students who pursue this course both in teaching and research,” she said. The usual admission norms will be followed and fees would be in the pattern of aided programmes. “We have already received Rs.31 lakh in the first instalment towards purchasing of required equipment- Atomic Force Microscope- which is a nanomaterial analyser,” Dr. Pushpalatha informed. Totally 20 students will be admitted for this postgraduate course.
V. Sridevi, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, said that the college had thought of M.Sc. Nanoscience course since it is an emerging area and all departments such as botany, zoology, biotechnology, physics and chemistry are involved in this inter-disciplinary programme.
Under the Life Frontier Programme 2011, the undergraduate students had done several project works addressing common societal issues. The UG and PG students of Lady Doak College had taken up projects in an attempt to suggest solutions to various issues, Dr. Pushpalatha said.
One such project work done during this academic year was by a student S. Ramya of Social Sciences Department who focused on learning difficulty among fifth standard students in corporation, aided and private schools in Madurai. Projects were done in collaboration with Government agencies and voluntary organisations wherever necessary. Bacteriological examination of water for potability in Sellur area and a study on socio-economic conditions of AIDS-infected women in Madurai city were among the projects done by the students of Lady Doak College this year.