It will also launch spoken English programme
CHENNAI: Starting this year, the University of Madras will launch a campus recruitment drive for students of all university departments and affiliated colleges.
"We will try to bring employers and recruiting agencies under one roof to enable our students to access the dynamics of the market. The drive starts this December and will continue on an annual basis,'' Vice-Chancellor S. Ramachandran told reporters.
From the next academic year, the university will introduce programmes in spoken English, communication skills, personality development and computer learning as part of the mandatory requirements for postgraduate courses offered by its departments. "Additional credits have been introduced for this purpose. The university will outsource resource persons for handling these programmes. Later, this will be expanded to affiliated colleges," Mr. Ramachandran said.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor held discussions with a team of experts from the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, which is exploring avenues for research collaboration with the university in biosciences.
"This is part of our strategy to expose our students to the best of international learning and research environments. Apart from collaborative research in areas such as biotechnology, bio-informatics, biodiversity and other emerging areas in biosciences, we are looking at developing products that can be patented and used by industry," Mr. Ramachandran said.
MoU to be signed
A memorandum of understanding, to be signed soon, would facilitate curriculum sharing and exchange of faculty members and students. Offering joint degrees was also being considered.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development sanctioned Rs. 100 crore in grant to the university, out of which Rs. 80 crore will be spent on science research and the rest on arts and humanities.
"We are trying to leverage the NUS' strengths in areas such as biotechnology and developmental biology to see if we can find common areas for collaboration," said Manjunatha Kini, professor of biological sciences, NUS.
Ganesh Srinivasan Anand, assistant professor, NUS, was present.