Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) plans to approach the All India Council for Technical Education to start M. Tech course in Food Processing Technology, said Pongalur N. Palanisamy, Animal Husbandry Minister, here on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after distributing in-plant training and placement orders to 18 students, who had completed their B. Tech degree course in Food Processing Technology, Mr. Palanisamy said for the under-graduate course itself there was great demand, which was evident from the placement orders received by all students of the first batch.

At present the university has completed construction of a hostel for boys and quarters for faculty members. The women's hostel would be ready within the next six months, he said.

The Minister informed the students that both Central and State governments provided interest and collateral-free loans. They should think of starting their own enterprises.

P. Thangaraju, Vice-Chancellor and C. Muthukumarasamy, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries spoke.