CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday inaugurated newly constructed buildings and laid the foundation stone for new projects to the tune `27.35 crore at colleges and universities across the State. She also inaugurated Soft Skills Centres at 30 government arts and engineering colleges at a cost of `1.35 crore.
The projects inaugurated by Jayalalithaa included `9.07 crore worth newly constructed buildings. She also laid foundation stones for projects worth `18.28 crore through video conferencing at a function held at the Secretariat on Friday.
The Bharatiyar University had a 23,766 sq ft guest house with 25 rooms along with indoor and outdoor sports facilities at the Academic Staff College built for `3.48 crore and the Kasturba Ladies Hostel built for `4.2 crore inaugurated by the Chief Minister. The Alagappa University had a `27 lakh silver jubilee building, a `51 lakh ladies hostel for the College of Education and a canteen building costing `79 lakh inaugurated.
Other new buildings inaugurated included four extra classrooms and four more labs at the Bargur Government Engineering College costing `2.15 crore, four labs costing `30 lakh at the Government College of Technology in Coimbatore, two class rooms costing `15 lakh at the Srinivasa Subbaraya Polytechnic College at Sirkazhi-Puttur and seven classrooms costing `70 lakh at the C Mutlur Government Arts College in Chidambaram.
Jayalalithaa also laid the foundation stone for an expanded administrative block for Bharatidasan University costing `1.4 crore, extra class rooms and seminar halls costing `2.5 crore at Alagappa University, rest rooms and lunch halls costing `1.72 lakh at the Anna University College of Engineering at Villupuram and Tindivanam, classrooms, lab buildings, library buildings and staff rooms costing `14.68 crore at the Paramakudi Government Arts College and 12 classrooms and lab buildings costing `4.5 crore at the Karur Government Arts College. She also declared open the classrooms at the recently established Veppanthattai Government Arts College in Perambalur, and inaugurated Soft Skill Centres at 30 government arts and engineering colleges.
Higher Education Minister P Palaniappan, Chief Secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath, Government Advisor Sheela Balakrishnan, Higher Education Secretary Hemant Kumar Sinha and Director of Technical Education Kumar Jayanth were among those who were present at the function.