TAMIL NADU

UGC gives special status to college

MADURAI, AUG. 21. The University Grants Commission has designated the Fatima College here as an institution with `Potential for Excellence' under its special programme.

The recognition would help the autonomous college receive Rs. one crore from the UGC for various academic, research and extension activities.

The principal, Ignatius Mary, told The Hindu recently that she had received a communication from the UGC Vice-Chairman, Rajasekaran Pillai, informing her of the selection. The college was one of the 47 institutions in the country chosen by the UGC for the designated status.

The college had been recommended by the Madurai Kamaraj University and "the Vice-Chancellor, P. K. Ponnuswamy's recommendation helped us to get the recognition." the principal said, adding that various documents were submitted at the time of applying for the scheme including the report prepared by a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

She said the funds would be spent on several research and development projects including "developing the Home Science department, stronghold of the college, and improving laboratory facilities."

New course

Meanwhile, UGC approval to start a two-year post-graduate course in M. Sc. Human Nutrition and Nutraceuticals, under the `UGC Innovative Programme' has been received.

Sr. Mary said the college had received the first instalment of Rs.32.90 lakhs to be spent towards books, equipment, visiting faculty and working expenses. The new course would commence on August 23 and the total number of seats would be 20.

She said the course had a good job potential and subjects of study include clinical laboratory techniques, nutrition and diet therapy, nutrition and bio-chemistry and bio-physical techniques and food technology.