TAMIL NADU

Varsity to offer `Bharathanatyam'

Students of Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Manachanallur, with the `Bard Fest - 2004' overall championship award presented by the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, C. Thangamuthu, at Jamal Mohamed College in Tiruchi on Sunday.-51; Photo: R.M.Rajarathinam.

Students of Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Manachanallur, with the `Bard Fest - 2004' overall championship award presented by the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, C. Thangamuthu, at Jamal Mohamed College in Tiruchi on Sunday.-51; Photo: R.M.Rajarathinam.  

TIRUCHI, OCT. 11. Bharathidasan University, in association with Kalai Kaveri College of Fine Arts, plans to offer `Bharathanatyam' as an off-campus degree programme through its countrywide centres.

Stating this at the valedictory of the two-day `BARD FEST - 2004', an inter-collegiate cultural convergence, at Jamal Mohamed College here on Sunday, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said it would benefit foreigners, who were ready to spend a lot to learn this dance form even while generating more revenue to the varsity.

Since the existing educational pattern did not leave scope for extra-curricular growth of students, colleges must have a dedicated faculty for the purpose in accordance with UGC guidelines. The Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) would attract students for earning credits from courses such as music. Though colleges need not necessarily have Music as a separate degree course, it could be offered under the CBCS.

Stating that Bharathidasan University was renowned for its cultural competitions and National Service Scheme, he said colleges desirous of having more NSS units were free to do so with contributions from their respective managements, keeping in view the funds constraint of the Government.

Earlier, he presented the MGR Endowment NSS Best College Award for 2002-03 to the principal of the Srimathi Indira Gandhi College, K. Meena.

The Mayor, Sarubala R. Thondaiman, said a thrust on culture and tradition during college days would direct students' energy for a right cause. She expressed happiness over the association between the Corporation and the University resulting in NSS volunteers participating in many civic activities. The expertise provided by the university through the Geographical Information System (GIS) would immensely benefit the Corporation, she said.

The NSS and Cultural coordinator, R. Veerasekaran, said 1,864 students, including 989 girls, participated in 23 activities this year.

The principal of Jamal Mohamed College, M. Sheik Mohideen, presided. The vice-principal, P.M. Mansure, expressed concern over the decline in the number of participants in literary events.

Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Mannachanallur, won the overall championship and Bishop Heber College was adjudged the runner.

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