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Tuesday, Jul 09, 2002
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Madras varsity Senate House to get a facelift
CHENNAI, July 8
MADRAS University has decided to entrust the work on the renovation of the Senate House, which is one of the heritage structures of Chennai, to the State Government's Public Works Department.
Speaking to newspersons, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr S. Ignacimuthu, said that the decision to hand over the work to PWD was taken during the Syndicate meeting held on Friday.
A Senate Renovation Committee has been set up finalise the work programme for the renovation.
Expert opinion will be sought on how to renovate the building, which is more than 100 years old.
The University has estimated that Rs 3 crore will be required for the project. Currently, it has collected Rs 65 lakh through donations and contributions, Dr Ignacimuthu said.
He added that once the work begins, there would be further contributions from philanthropists and industrialists.
"Our alumni can make a significant contribution to this cause. Even if each of the one lakh old students donated Rs 100, we would have enough money in the corpus." The University also plans to make a representation to the State Government and institutions that help in protecting heritage structures, he added.
According to Dr Ignacimuthu, the University is carrying out a revamp of the syllabi, so that more application-oriented courses will be available for students from the academic year beginning 2003.
The focus will be on incorporating skills into graduate courses.
To fine-tune the courses, an exercise has been launched to get feedback from the college principals, heads of departments and industrialists, he added.
The University has also decided to streamline the procedure for colleges to get affiliation for their courses.
The process, which currently takes around four months, will be reduced to around two months.
Since students do not have experience working with instruments and equipment in areas such as biotechnology and bioinformatics, the University plans to enter into MoUs with companies.The students will be able to spend a semester getting on-the-job training in these companies.
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