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Sangeet varsity to start short-term Ph.D. courses

KHAIRAGARH, MAY 20. The Indira Kala Sangeet University, Asia's only university of music and fine arts, plans to start short-term Ph.D. courses for foreign students. This would be the first course of its kind in any university and help in revenue generation.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Indrani Chakravarti, the course is meant for the students outside India who have to pay for the course. Some French students have expressed the desire to opt for the new course.

The Khairagarh University was the first university to start a Foundation Course in Fundamental Arts way back in 1979 which was attended by eminent artists of the country.

Another course to be introduced will be the Distant Education Programme in Music. The University has already started a Post Graduate Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Indian Culture. A Diploma course in Museology and Indian Culture is also being run by the Department of Ancient History.

Dr. Chakravarti says introduction of computers is a top priority of the University. Computer music, music production and computer designing are some of the subjects to be started in the next sessions. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has accepted a proposal from the University to fund these projects and connect the university through INFLIDNET - internetting of all libraries in the world for reference and research.

The university is in the process of preparing a note on starting an Academic Staff College here on the request of the UGC. However, computerisation is facing some problems because of lack of space.