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Centre for postgraduate studies to get autonomous status

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PONDICHERRY, DEC. 4. The Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, today said the administration has proposed to convert the Kanchi Maamunivar Centre for Postgraduate Studies (now under the control of the Department of Education) affiliated to the Pondicherry University into an autonomous institution.

Inaugurating the Alumni Association of the PG Centre here, Mr. Lakshminarayanan said the progress of education in the Union Territory was phenomenal. It had established a record of 40 percent enrolment of eligible students for higher and collegiate education, while the national average was only seven percent. The non-resident Indians from France, Singapore and Malaysia wanted to know whether they could get a quota of reservation in colleges, including professional institutions.

The University Grants Commission has already assessed the government colleges in the Pondicherry and Karaikal regions and conferred them with star status in recognition of their quality education, infrastructural facilities and courses offered. The Bharathidasan Government College for Women here has been made autonomous and now the proposal to confer the status on the PG Centre was under active consideration, he said.

M.O.H.F. Shah Jahan, MLA and chairman of the Pondicherry State Wakf Board, said the association should be used for interaction and understanding of the problems and difficulties of the members who had graduated from the centre.

M. Ramadass, PMK MP and ex-student of the Pondicherry Government Tagore Arts College here said that teachers were assets of the institutions and the country. They should pay individual care and attention to the progress of students, both in academics as well as in life.

Charter of duties

B.V. Selvaraj, Secretary, Education Department, said that all educational institutions had been asked to display the charter of ten duties enshrined in the Constitution. The Bangkok-based Asian Institute of Technology had expressed interest in opening its unit here to offer frontline technological courses in Information Technology and IT-based management studies.

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