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Cynthia Pandian, new Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam University

By Our Special Correspondent


CHENNAI, MARCH 7. The Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, has appointed Cynthia Pandian, professor and head, Department of Education, University of Madras, Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

She will hold the post for three years, a Raj Bhavan release said here today.

Dr. Pandian designed innovative courses such as `Parent Counselling' (offered in the Department of Education) and `Education Software Development,' which were submitted to the University Grants Commission for financial support.

She was awarded the Indo-Canadian Women and Development Fellowship for 2001, funded by the Canada International Development Agency, to conduct research on the `Canadian and Indian scenario of sexual harassment among campus community and grievance mechanism.'

Dr. Pandian won the International Fellowship for 2003-2004 to conduct a study on `Reaching the Disadvantaged with Quality Education' in the United States to examine the nature and structuring of higher education for minorities, the policy and goals of accessibility and sustainability and evolve successful models.

Broad plans

Outlining her "broad plans" for the university, Dr. Pandian said her first job would be to further improve the academic environment. "I will try and bridge the gap between the existing courses and the needs of the job market, and if need be look at structuring new or restructuring courses. I will try to improve the choice-based credit system so that the university can be gauged against global standards and once a student who has completed a given set of credits, one can know the depth of his/her knowledge in a subject."

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