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‘State goes through rapid phase in higher education'

Staff Reporter

Computer lab at Bharathidasan University Model College opened

Photo: M. Moorthy

Technology matters:K.Ganesan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, inaugurating the new computer lab at the Bharathidasan University constituent college in Aranthangi on Friday. K.Meena, Vice Chancellor, is in the picture.

ARANTHANGI: Tamil Nadu was going through a revolutionary phase in higher education, Principal Secretary for Higher Education K. Ganesan said, here on Friday.

Over the past four-and-a-half years, 10 new constituent colleges and two government colleges have been started. Tamil Nadu was progressing in increasing gross enrolment ratio in higher education.

The number of students enrolled in arts and sciences and humanities programmes has exceeded 3.4 lakh during 2010-11 from 1.67 lakh during 2005-06.

The number of engineering students has gone up from 67,000 to 1.67 lakh students during the period.

In fact, more girls have been enrolled, Mr. Ganesan said, while declaring open the computer laboratory and releasing the computer training manual and CD, at the Bharathidasan University Model College, Aranthangi.

The government prioritised higher education by allotting Rs. 72 crore for construction of 1,200 classrooms and strengthening laboratory in 69 government arts and science colleges.

Teaching posts were filled up. By introducing shift system, 15,000 more students could get opportunities for higher education.

Increasing gross enrolment ratio in higher education was of foremost importance for bringing about economic growth, Mr. Ganesan said. He announced that the State government has sanctioned Rs. 5.5 crore for the college.

K. Meena, Vice Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, thanked the Higher Education department for ensuring that the college took shape this academic year in the socially, educationally and economically backward part of Pudukottai district.

The attempt bore fruit because of the action by the Principal Secretary to fulfil formalities for starting the college on the premises of the Government Polytechnic at Aranthangi.

The university will provide infrastructure, Dr. Meena said and urged the students to learn skill-oriented programmes after the class hours under the community college scheme.

The computer centre for which the university has provided 35 systems would be utilised by students of B.A. English Literature and B.Com as well, along with B.Sc. Computer Science students, she said. Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education K. Nirmala urged students to enhance their skills while pursuing the regular courses. The community college scheme was meant to generate the right kind of human resource for the country, she said.

Bharathidasan University Registrar T. Ramaswamy, Aranthangi MLA Udayam Shanmugam and college principal (in-charge) R. Swaminathan offered felicitations.

Accompanied by the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Ganesan later inspected a site proposed for permanent campus at Sevanthakadu along Aranthangi-Avudayarkovil Road.

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