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University to start a Centre for Fine Arts

C. Jaishankar

Initially, certificate courses will be offered


Inauguration may be held in the month

of February

UGC may extend support to introduce

degree course


KARAIKUDI: Alagappa University plans to start a Centre for Fine Arts from the next academic year onwards.

It will offer certificate courses initially on various disciplines such as dance, music, sculptures, veena, violin and others.

S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, told ‘The Hindu' that the proposal had already been cleared by the Syndicate committee of the university. The aim was not only to promote traditional music and cultural activities of the region, which had made an important contribution to the development of arts and culture of the State, but also to create employment opportunities for youngsters.

He said that there was a great demand for those possessing degrees or certificates related to fine arts in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and the United States of America. Temples, music sabhas, music colleges and others in far East Asian and western countries were among those offering jobs.

Mr. Sudalaimuthu added that the preparation of syllabus and other formalities had already been initiated. All preliminary works were done for starting the courses. Though it had planned to offer certificate courses in the beginning, it would explore the possibilities of offering diploma courses in the near future.

He had got an indication from the University Grant Commission that it might extend support for offering fine arts courses. If the plan was successful, it would introduce Bachelor of Fine Arts degree very soon.

The inauguration might be held in February in which Bharatanatyam exponent Padma Subramaniam, Kundrakudi Adigalar and Pitchai Gurukkal would be invited.

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