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Monday, Sep 22, 2003
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Madras varsity unveils 12-point development plan
Chennai , Sept. 21
THE Madras University will put in place mechanisms to better exploit the human resource potential available with it, interact with industry in research and funding, and enhance its ties with universities abroad, according to its Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Thyagarajan.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that these were a part of the 12 point programme, Mission: University of Madras-150, that is aimed at developing the university into a `career corridor of higher education' and international institution of higher learning in the next three years.
The university will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2006.
The mission involves establishment of academic audit and international accreditation, administrative audit and paper-free administration, functional constituent college system, quality monitoring of autonomous and affiliated colleges, resource mobilisation and financial sustenance, Senate House renovation, centralised infrastructure facilities, computerised labs and digital libraries, internationalisation of education, modernisation of distance education and performance-linked welfare schemes for staff and student self-help programmes.
These are targeted at enhancing quality of the systems and processes, rewarding performance, gaining an international standing in the academic arena and ensuring international exposure to students who can emerge as skilled manpower with `employable' degrees and diplomas, he said.
The Madras University will tie up with British universities to improve quality of distance education.
The British Council is mediating the effort to enter into an MoU with a UK university for this project.
A centre for international initiatives is also being set up to facilitate foreign students to gain admission to the university, Dr Thyagarajan said.
Apart from the academic goals, the university will also focus on social responsibility by collaborating with the Government departments in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and setting up an R&D Centre for scientific validation and IPR protection of herbal medicines to assist the National Institute of Siddha Medicine.
The tentative financial requirement for the mission is estimated at Rs 100 crore, of which Rs 30 crore is available as grant provided under the UGC scheme for the university with a potential for excellence.
Industry-university collaboration in research will be encouraged to generate an additional Rs 30 crore.
International funding will be sourced based on the R&D capability available with the university faculty, and a one-faculty-one-project norm will be encouraged.
The strengths and weaknesses of the various departments in the university will be assessed, he said.
Dr Thyagarajan said that the university would set up a marketing division; placement cell and a patent cell to handle IPR-related issues and technology transfer. Three patents are in the pipeline and more are likely, he said.
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