Staff Reporter

Rs.50 lakh for implementing `Earn While You Learn Scheme'

MADURAI: Madurai Kamaraj University has decided to allocate Rs.3.5 crore for promotion of activities in arts and humanities departments in the next few years.

Of the total grant of Rs.30 crore to be received from the University Grants Commission under the University with Potential for Excellence Scheme, arts and humanities activities will receive Rs.3.5 crore for various projects to be implemented during a five-year period from now.

Already, the university has announced that Rs. nine crore would be spent on nano-technology initiative that is identified as a thrust area owing to its promising impact in the coming years.

The Vice-Chancellor, P. Maruthamuthu, and Syndicate member, P. M. Ajmal Khan, told The Hindu on Saturday that a meeting of heads of departments was convened a couple of days ago to discuss how the UGC grant should be effectively utilised.

Under arts and humanities, the three core areas of activity would be women development, communal harmony and society development/issues.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the university wanted to give focus for arts too and correct some of the `weak areas' identified at the moment.

The UGC would send experts to the MkU soon to study the proposals and give consent after going through project details.

Other allocation figures to ensure a `balanced' development include Rs. two crore for infrastructure development in departments, Rs. three crore for non-nano sciences and Rs.50 lakh for implementing `Earn While You Learn Scheme' among students.

Dr. Maruthamuthu said the advisory committee, at the meeting, gave shape to a plan of action and all particulars would be forwarded to the apex body for formal clearance.

Another important item among the proposals is award of 110 fellowships.