Shyam Ranganathan

CHENNAI: The State government’s decision to move the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University campus to Perungudi depends on the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a long-standing proposal sent by the University.

S.Sachidanandam, Vice-Chancellor of the University, on Wednesday, said that the Rs.100 crore proposal was sent by the University in June 2008 and work on the campus could continue only after the UGC sends its Expert Committee to inspect and approves the proposed campus site. “We are hoping that the UGC will bear 75 per cent of the cost with the State government already indicating that it will give us the remaining 25 per cent.

Land allotted

The land has already been allotted by the government so I am hoping to convince the UGC to send the committee immediately,” Prof. Sachidanandam said.

“We are initially looking to move the academic block and build hostel facilities for men and women and also an auditorium in the Perungudi campus,” he said.

Prof. Sachidanandam left for New Delhi on Thursday to request the UGC to expedite the process. He said that he would also raise the issue of the initial grant given by UGC to new universities which had been pending since March this year.

“They had grouped us in the category of self-financing institutions and asked us questions about our reservation pattern, fees, and whether the government audited the University, and withheld the funds worth Rs.2 crore. We cleared their doubts, but till date the funds have not been released,” he said.

While working to clear these two pending issues, Prof. Sachidanandam said that he was also drafting a proposal to make use of the Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal’s announcement that 100 women’s hostels would be identified for construction in his first 100 days as Minister.