Academic plans for 2013

New courses, upgrading of infrastructure, MoUs and community service are on the to-do-list of our Tamil Nadu universities. Enough here for the student community to cheer about.

Published: 27th May 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th May 2013 01:37 PM   |  A+A-

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Bharathidasan University, Tiruchy

We have been awarded the highest Grade “A” once again by National Assessment and Accreditation Council from out of the re-accreditation process in 2012. We have taken interest in social programmes like WISH Forum (Women Involved in Sanitation and Hygiene) in association with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and a Digitalised Manual (CD) on “Policies and Programmes for the Differently Abled”. We have also proposed other programmes for the differently-abled, this academic year. A number of buildings such as multi-purpose auditorium, library with common seminar hall for various departments, indoor stadium, seminar-cum-students facility centre and building for school of excellence in life science are coming up in Palkalaiperur campus. College building for Bharathidasan University Constituent College at Srirangam and a building for Centre for Differently Abled Persons at Khajamalai campus are also in the offing. For the use of electricity we are planning to generate non-conventional energy in the campus and upscaling of the Centre for Remote Sensing are planned. We are planning to introduce five MSc programmes, an MTech programme, two PG diploma courses and few other diploma courses that will come under Centre for Differently Abled Persons. We are focused in taking the university from the present status to “University with Potential for Excellence”.

MGR University, Chennai

In addition to our BArch course, this year we are introducing MArch sanctioned by the Council of architecture. MS in nursing is another course approved by the Nursing council. PhD in biotechnology is another popular course in our institution. A tie-up with Microsoft is likely to take place for the programme, edvantage — it aims to promote research and placement opportunities for our students. Apart from the engineering departments we have an English department that aims at improving the soft skills and communication skills of the students. There are students from all over India and we promise to remove the language barriers. Each department is progressing in its own way and we stand as a strong pillar of support for the student community.

Mount Zion Group of Institutions Pudukottai

In addition to three PG courses introduced last year, a new course, ME Computer aided Design and Computer aided Manufacturing will be introduced. Students will be experiencing Aakash tablet-based learning in classrooms having got the approval of Nation Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology. On a social note, we have adopted few village schools and with the help of information technology, conduct classes for children. We are planning to adopt more schools this year as well. We would also be applying for accreditation this year.

Study Viscom at Bridge Academy, Chennai

Students who have completed their 10 or + 2 and having some skills in creativity can apply to Bridge academy’s visual communication course. Creative skills of students would be used effectively to teach them various nuances of visual communication. It’s a creative course and as such there is not much emphasis on academic marks for entry. Trained professionals coach in a practical way, which will help to unleash the student’s talents in drawing graphic designing in a best way. Drawing, graphic design, computer graphics and advertising are subjects taught. If students are interested in TV or video production and no-linear editing, there are opportunities to specialise in the same. This course will also open opportunities in advertising, journalism and mass communication. Bridge Academy prepares for a prosperous career in communication. Students would be offered a diploma from Periyar University, once they complete this course. The admission criteria is that you have passed Class X or above. Assistance with placements is provided. Details at www.bridgeacademy.in. You can also call the institute on (+91) 9710055668 to enquire about its courses and know more. Admissions are now open for July intake.

Hindustan University, Chennai

Last year, new buildings such as the Dr KCG Verghese Research and Resource Centre, the Jubilee Block and the Amenities Block were constructed. State-of-the-art auditoriums, lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories also adds on to our plans. These new buildings cater not only to the academic growth but also to the extended research activities that take place within the campus. The Amenities Block provides basic amenities such as banking, staff quarters, super market, books and stationery to the academic fraternity of the institution.

We are also planning to construct an international hostel. The university will also focus on the promotion of research and publication in innovative areas. The Centers of Excellence are being established for this purpose. The Centres include, TIFAC-CORE Centre of Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, Centre for Clean Energy and Nano Convergence, LIDAR, Centre for Defence Technology Studies. These centres focus mainly on research activities. We are planning to introduce four BTech and MTech courses, one MBA and diploma course. We also have tie-ups with eight foreign institutions and few Indian institutions that focus mainly on the exchange of students and staff for the purpose of academic, training and research activities.

— As told to Subashini V and Varsha P suba.viji22@gmail.com, varsha.0094@gmail.com

Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

We have initiated a Green Campus Programme which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the large residential campus. The main focus will be on the generation of solar power to meet our requirements, energy audit, solid waste management, renewable energy installations and also to introduce solar street lights. A Virtual Learning Centre will be established to have a single point access to national and international journals, digital teaching resources and career assistance. Also a Centre for Nano Sciences is set up to coordinate the ongoing research activities. Around 107 new innovative UG/PG/certificate/diploma courses will be introduced in the Directorate of Distance Education of Madurai Kamaraj University from the next academic year.

Design courses at Raffles Millennium, Chennai

In addition to courses like fashion design, product design, interior design, multimedia design and visual communication, Raffles aims to introduce programmes in business management, tourism and hospitality management in the time to come. With articulation agreements between reputable overseas universities in the United Kingdom and Australia, students are conferred with internationally accredited design qualifications at the end of their studies. The Centre of Professional Development acts as an important catalyst and platform for professional development for the thousands of students of the various institutes owned and managed by Raffles Education Corporation.

Over two years, the RMI in Chennai has tried to create a unique learning environment and is committed to delivering high quality education in the field of design. The college’s convenient central location and designer interior space with state-of-the-art facilities make studying at the campus an enjoyable and rewarding experience. In design, ideas matter. Raffles strives to ensure students come up with ideas and execute them with a sense of urgency hardly evidenced elsewhere. The courses are designed to incubate creative professionals and entrepreneurs, with startling speed.

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