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Culture, yoga courses for foreign students

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PONDICHERRY, SEPT. 30. The Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, A.K. Bhatnagar, today said foreign students intending to do courses in Indian cultural heritage and yoga could do so in the university under `Study India' programme. He told newsmen here that eight students would be admitted initially and the course duration would be eight weeks.

Dr. Bhatnagar said with Tamil having been declared a classical language, the university, functioning under the direct control of the Centre, had intensified steps to establish a Tamil Chair. The Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and Literature in the university was going ahead with the programmes to establish the Chair.

In the next few weeks six schools would be started to promote studies in humanities, social sciences, languages, physical and chemical sciences and Life sciences and each of them would have a dean.

Already the university was running Sri Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language and Literature, School of Management and Ramanujam School of Mathematics and Computer sciences.

The university would introduce integrated courses in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Earth sciences next year.

The university would conduct surprise inspections on the premises of professional colleges to ascertain whether they provided facilities for the students as per the parameters covering the colleges.

The university had also plans to introduce certain elective courses to tone up the communication skills of the students. With job market becoming competitive and globalisation gaining ground such programmes were necessary.

He said the university had drawn up plans to have additional hostel facilities.

Hostel facility would be provided for foreign students doing courses here very soon.

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