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Mettur college lacks permanent buildings, students face untold hardship

Staff Reporter

Due to lack of proper classrooms, students are forced to sit in cramped rooms

SALEM: The inordinate delay in starting construction of permanent buildings for Periyar University College of Arts and Science, a constituent college of Periyar University, in Mettur has put its students to untold hardship.

The college, which was started on the premises of Government Higher Secondary School at Mettur temporarily during October 2006, has over 900 students on its rolls. The university introduced three courses B.Com, BCA and B.Com (Electronic Banking) initially and admitted about 281 students in 2006.

Then seven new undergraduate courses, including B.Sc. Computer Science and B.Sc. Geology and a postgraduate course, were introduced.

More rooms

The college admitted 622 more students in the beginning of this academic year.

This had forced the university to take a few rooms in the Thukkanampatti Municipal Primary School, located about half-a-km away from the Mettur GHSS, to accommodate all the students.

Due to lack of proper classrooms, students were forced to sit in cramped rooms.

Two shifts

Faculty members were also facing difficulties as they had to shuttle between the GHSS and the primary school frequently. The college functions in two shifts due to space constraints.

The Government had identified a site for the construction of permanent buildings for the college several months ago.

But the construction was yet to begin.

Temporary buildings

The university also had a proposal to construct temporary buildings in the site to conduct classes.

However, the proposal remains on paper.

University Vice-Chancellor M. Thangaraju told The Hindu that estimates had been prepared and sent to the Government for its approval.

Permission

The construction of permanent buildings would begin immediately after receiving permission.

Construction of classrooms would be taken up first, he added.

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