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Aiming high without requisite facilities

Shastry V. Mallady

Madurai Kamaraj University's Department of Education caught in a tight spot

MADURAI: Inadequate teaching staff, lack of technical experts, poor infrastructure and students seeking admission being turned away for want of facilities — this is the situation at the Department of Education in Madurai Kamaraj University, chosen by the State Government for setting up a Centre for Advanced Research in Education.Even though the department welcomes the Rs. One-crore grant announced by the Government for the centre, faculty members say there are several things needed to be done to strengthen the department itself, leave alone its extension activities.

"For want of adequate material resources and skill-based technical personnel, our department is not admitting students despite demand," says K. Krishnan, Head and Coordinator of Department of Education.

Though it d offers courses such as M. Ed (Tech), there are many inadequacies that are crying for Government attention.

On the faculty side, it is short by five members. Out of the sanctioned strength of eight teaching staff, there are only three. There is requirement of a few `technical hands' for which the department is not able to get clearance.This is what the department has as infrastructure: three video recorders, four computers, one LCD projector, a photocopier and two video cameras.

Every year, only 12 students are admitted against a huge number of applications received.

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