The 21st convocation of Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, will be held at Rajah Muthiah Mandram here on January 10.

K. Rosaiah, Governor and Chancellor of the university, and P. Palaniappan, Minister for Higher Education, are participating in the convocation. Cynthia Pandian, Vice-Chairperson, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, will deliver the convocation address. In all, 11,715 candidates will receive their degrees — 620 candidates in person.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Vice-Chancellor K. Manimekalai said that the convocation ceremony was being conducted in Madurai instead of Kodaikanal for the convenience of candidates and their parents. While 230 candidates would be get Ph.D degrees at the convocation, 337 candidates will receive M.Phil. degrees. Gold and silver medals would also be presented.

The Vice-Chancellor said that there was a proposal to establish the Centre for Rural Development during the next academic year, and to set up a ‘Women IT Park.’ "

Nearly 60 per cent of our students are from SC and ST communities. They come from poor families and we want to make them employable," she added.

Dr. Manimekalai said that the IT Park proposal had been sent to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The university was enhancing the infrastructure by constructing hostels for students and research scholars, as well as a library block.

The faculty members were being encouraged to carry out research work and already project proposals to the tune of Rs.16 crore had been submitted to various agencies.

She added that the university was preparing to go for reaccreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).