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Varsity to set up quality improvement centre

By Shastry V Mallady

MADURAI, SEPT. 12. A quality improvement programme centre will be set up in the Madurai Kamaraj University for exploring collaborative ventures with the industry in sciences, sociology, arts and humanities and languages.

This was decided at the first meeting of the executive council of the Industry-University Collaboration Centre (IUCC) held here on Friday.

The centre, proposed as a wing of the IUCC, would have all infrastructure, a laboratory and the facility for persons from the industry who will visit the university under the programme.

The Vice-Chancellor, P. K. Ponnuswamy, who chaired the meeting, told The Hindu that a separate building would be provided for the centre that would periodically interact with the industry. The Syndicate had given approval for the IUCC to function as an autonomous body.

The meeting also decided to speed up collaboration activities.

The university, he said, would have focused programmes in manpower development as part of the collaborative venture, and organise regular workshops from October on specific application-oriented activities. Every department would have a joint programme with the industry, and all potential consultancy talent would be identified through interaction.

K. Dharmalingam, Director, IUCC, and Head, Department of Genetic Engineering, said the next step would be training teachers, students and industry participants, creating infrastructure and making use of the university's core facilities for the industry. Brainstorming sessions would be part of the centre's activities, and the consultancy, done at the individual level so far, would be conducted through the centre. Experts from the industry would be invited to the university for entrepreneurship seminars. "The IUCC will be a single window for the industry-MKU collaboration." A web site will also be created for the centre.

The Syndicate members, Prof. Kailash Paliwal, G. Subramanian and G. Thiruvasagam, and L. Thara Bhai, Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, and Pandia Rajan of Enzyme House, attended the meeting.

The other members of the council are Karumuttu T. Kannan, correspondent, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, and Shobana Ramachandran.

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