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Pan African e-Network project

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Keeping with the advances in technology, the university has set up a Centre for E-Learning.

This year, 254 students have registered for M.Sc Information Technology (IT) and 83 students have enrolled in the BBA programme of the prestigious University of Madras.

The surprising factor is that the students are from 12 African nations e-learning through live sessions and personal interactions as part of the Pan African e-Network, a shining example of South - South co-operation.

“We consider the Pan African e-Network project an important assignment in establishing our potential in the area of online education. The University of Madras has been allotted four programmes under the project — M.Sc - IT, BBA and certificate courses in German and Arabic,” said vice-chancellor G. Thiruvasagam. The M.Sc. IT and BBA programmes, in particular are in good demand, he said.

The university's initiatives in Pan African e-Network have received appreciation from the students, TCIL, New Delhi, and the Ministry of External Affairs, he said.

“It is a matter of pride for the university that we are considered to be a key player in this innovative academic project which is also a great humanitarian endeavour,” Mr. Thiruvasgam said.

“The university has uploaded an e-content for all papers. An animated version can also be accessed by students sitting before his computer in Tanzania or Congo,” says Prof. R. Palanivel, co-ordinator of the project. The live sessions are for an hour in the evenings when the resource persons deliver their lecture in the studio in the university campus to 12 African nations. The last 10 - 15 minutes are for interaction, says Mr. Palanivel. As there are lot of fresh enquiries, the university may start a fresh batch in these two courses next semester or next year.

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