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University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Address:Centenary Building, Chepauk
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600005
University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University (Funded By UGC).
University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is also known as Madras University.
University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1857.
University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is situated in Chennai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai District.
Fax # of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is 044-25367654, 25366693, 25360749.
Contact Person(s) of the University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is (are): Dr.G. Mohanram.
email ID(s) is
Website of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu is www.unom.ac.in. www.iennom.ac.in.
Vice Chancellor : Prof. S. Ramachandran 91-44-25361074 (Off.), firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Registrar : Dr. V.K.Padmanabhan 25361055, 25368778-Ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Details of University of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-25361055, 28551379, 25368778, 25399563, 25399401
VC's Secretariat : Tel : 25399563
Registrar's Secretariat : Tel : 91-44-25399570
Controller Exams Dr. V. Thangaraj Email:email@example.com
Controller Exams Secretariat : Tel : 91-44-25399417
CoursesUniversity of Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).
Regular Courses University of Madras
Adult & Continuing Education* M. A.- Adult & Cont. Education
Anthropology * M. A.-Anthropology
Arabic * Certificate Course-Arabic, * M. A.-Arabic
* Certificate Course-French
* Certificate Course-German
* Diploma Programmes-German
* M. A.-Bharatnatyam
Bio-informatics * M.Sc.-Bio Informatics
Biochemistry * M.Sc.-Bio chemistry
Biotechnology * M.Sc.-Bio Technology
* P. G. Diploma-Herbal Biotechnology
Business and Management * BBA-Business Administration
Business Economics * P. G. Diploma-Indian Business Economics
Chemistry * M.Sc.-Analytical Chemistry
Christian Studies * M. A.-Christian Studies
Commerce * B.Com.-Commerce
* Diploma Programmes-Accounting and Auditing
* Diploma Programmes-Taxation
* M.Com.-International Business
* M.Com.-Trade and Services
* M. A.-Communication
* BCA-Computer Applications
* Certificate Course-Computer Applications
* Certificate Course-E-Commerce
* MCA-Computer Applications
* B. A.-Cooperation
* B.C.S.-Corporate Secretaryship
* B. A.-Economics
* M. A.-Economics
Education Diploma Programmes
* School Management
Electronics and Communication
* M.Sc.-Electronic Media
* M.Sc.-Electronic Science
English and Foreign Languages
* B. A.-English Literature
* M. A.-English Literature
Environmental Sciences * M.Sc.-Environmental Science
Folklore Certificate Course * Folklore and Native Theatre
French Diplom * Programmes-French
Genetics * M.Sc.-Biomedical Genetics
* B. Sc.-Geography
* M.Sc.-Applied Geography
Geology * M.Sc.-Applied Geology
Herbal Farming * Certificate Course-Herbal Farming
* B. A.-History
* M. A.- Ancient Indian History & Archaeology
* M. A.-Histor
Humanities & Social Sciences
* Certificate Course-Police Administration
* M. A.-Human Rights and Duties Education
* P. G. Diploma-Human Resource Management
Information Technology * M.Sc.-Information Technology
Jainology * M. A.-Jaina Studi
Law * Diploma Programmes-Labour Law
Library and Information Science
* B. Lib. I. Sc.-Library and Information Science
* M. LISc-Library and Information Science
Linguistics * M. A.-Applied Linguistics
Management Studies Diploma Programmes-Management
* P. G. Diploma-Disaster Management
* P. G. Diploma-GIS Management
* P. G. Diploma-Herbal Product and Standardisation
* B. Sc.-Mathematics
Mech. Engg.,School of Engineering
* M.Sc.-Bio Physics
* Certificate Course-Medicinal Plants
* Diploma Programmes-Medical Transcription
* P. G. Diploma-Hospital Management
* P. G. Diploma-Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Music & Dance
* Certificate Course-Dance Music
* Certificate Course-Understanding Music
* Certificate Course-Gandhian Philosophy and Peace Movements
* M. Phil-Philosophy
* Certificate Course-Photochemical Techniques
Plant Sciences * M.Sc.-Applied Plant Science
Political Science * M. A.-Political Science
* B. Sc.-Psychology
* M.Sc.-Development Psycology
Public Administration * B. A.-Public Administration
* Certificate Course-Sanskrit
* Diploma Programmes-Sanskrit
* M. A.-Applied Sanskrit
Science * M.Sc.-Herbal Sciences
* B. A.-Tamil Literature
* B.Lit.-Tamil Literature
* Certificate Course-Spoken Tamil
* Certificate Course-Written Tamil
* M. A.-Tamil Literature
Urdu * M. A.-Urdu Literature
Vaishnavism * B. A.-Vaishnavism
Womens Studies * Certificate Course-Indian Feminism
Yoga * Certificate Course-Yoga and Stress Management
Zoology * Certificate Course-Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
Education * Certificate Course - Dalit Studies
Public Administration * M. A. - Public Administration
COURSES OFFERED : Master's programme
1. M.A. [Ancient History and Archaeology, Historical Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration, Continuing Education Management, Sociology, Corporate Sociology, Defence and Strategic Studies, Public Affairs, Public Administration (Tamil Medium), Public Management, Political Science, Indian Economics, Econometrics, Journalism and Communication, Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Saiva Siddhanta Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Vaishnava Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Christian Studies, Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Jainology Studies, Islamic Studies, Indian Music, Bharathanatyam (Self-Supportive), Folk Music, Rhythmology, English, French, French-Translation, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil Literature and Culture, Tamil Studies, Applied Linguistics, Telugu, Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Applied Sanskrit]
2. M.Sc. [Cyber Forensics and Information Security, Electronic Media (Self-Supportive), Library and Information Science, HRD Psychology (Regular) and M.Sc.HRD Psychology (Self-Supportive), Mathematics (Regular) and M. Sc. Mathematics (Self -Supportive), Statistics, Actuarial Science (Self -Supportive), Computer Science (Self -Supportive), Spatial Information Technology, Geology, Applied Geology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Biophysics, Physics, Electronics Science, Advanced Biochemistry, Bio-informatics (Self-Supportive), Biotechnology (Regular) and M.Sc. Biotechnology (Self-Supportive), Applied Plant Science, Industrial Microbiology, Zoology (Special), Ocean Science and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Medical Biochemistry, Biomedical Genetics, Molecular Biology (Self-Supportive), Medical Microbiology (Three years), Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology (Three years), Neuroscience (Self-Supportive), Anatomy (Three years ), Physiology (Three years), Photonics and Bio- Photonics
3. M.Ed. (General)
4. M.L. (i) International Law and Organisation and (ii) Constitutional Law and Legal Order
5. M.Com. Trade and Services
6. M.B.A. (Regular) and M.B.A. (Self-Supportive)
7. M.C.A. (Three years)
FIVE YEARS INTEGRATED COURSES
1. M.A. Anthropology (5 Years Integrated course)
2. M.A. Post Modern Development Administration (Five years integrated course)
3. M.A. French Studies (5 year Integrated courses)
4. M.Sc. Life Sciences (5 year Integrated course)
M. Phil. Programme:
M.Phil. [Ancient History and Archaeology, Historical Studies, Education, Continuing Education Management, Defence and Strategic Studies, Public Affairs, Public Administration, South and South-East Asian Studies, Applied Economics, Economics, Development Economics, Communication (F.T. & P.T), Philosophy, Vaishnavism, Christian Studies, Indian Music, English, French, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil Literature, Tamil Studies, Computational Linguistics, Telugu (F.T & P.T), Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit, Applied Sanskrit, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geology, Applied Geology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Scientific Instrumentation, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Endocrinology, Environmental Toxicology]
List of P.G. Diploma Programmes being offered in the University Departments
1. P.G. Diploma in Parent Counseling (for School Principals and Teachers)
2. P.G. Diploma in Higher Education (for College Teachers) (add-on programme)
3. P.G. Diploma in Ambedkar Thoughts
4. P.G .Diploma in Ethics and Biotechnology
5. P.G. Diploma in Ethics and Human Resource Management (add-on programme)
6. P.G. Diploma in Saiva Siddhanta (add-on programme)
7. P.G. Diploma in Yoga Therapy (Part-Time)
8. P.G. Diploma in Taxonomy of Algae (add-on programme)
9. P.G. Diploma in Taxonomy of Fungi(add-on programme)
10. P.G. Diploma in Extension & Development Administration
M.D. (Three Years)
Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology (Taramani Campus)
Diploma in Clinical Pathology (Two Years) (Taramani Campus)
Diploma in Advanced Laboratory Methods
Haematology and Pathology (Two Years) (Taramani Campus)
Department of Management Studies
Department of Archaeology
* Adult and Continuing Education
* Agro Economic Research Centre
* Analytical Chemistry
* Ancient History and Archaeology
* Anna Centre for Public Affairs
* Applied Geology
* Arabic, Persian and Urdu
* Central Instrumentation and Service Department
* Centre for Ocean and Coastal Studies
* Centre for Population Studies
* Centre for South and South Asian Studies
* Chair in Tamil Christian Literature
* Christian Studies
* Computer Science
* Crystallography and Biophysics
* Defence and Strategic Studies
* Economic Studies - Dr.Ambedkar Centre
* Indian History
* Indian Music
* Information Science
* Inorganic Chemistry
* Islamic Studies
* Journalism and Communication
* Legal Studies
* Management Studies
* Medical Biochemistry
* Nuclear Physics
* National Centre for Ultrafast Process
* Organic Chemistry
* Pharmacology and Toxicology
* Physical Chemistry
* Politics and Public Administration
* Polymer Science
* Saiva Siddhantha
* Tamil Language
* Tamil Literature
* Technology Business Incubator (TBI)
* Theoretical Physics
* Thirukkural Research Endowment
Profile of University of MadrasAbout University
The Publics Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, The University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established. The University was organised in the Model of London University. Madras University is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India. The University area of Jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various Universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.
The Organisation structure of Madras University encompuses :
1. The Senate
2. The Syndicate
3. The Academic Council
4. The Faculties
5. The Finance Committee
6. The Board of Studies
His excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chancellor of The University. The Vice-Chancellor who is appointed by a term period is the principle executive officer. The Registrar of the University Who is the Secretary of the Syndicate is the custodian of all the records and Chief Administrator. Yet another function, the Examinations of the University is managed by Office of the Controller of Examinations.
The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities were Ph.D., Programme is available in the respective specialisations. University is also offering teaching and Research programmes in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The 68 University Department of study and Research are spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools each of which offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation, part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.
Accessing the need for educating large number of the people in the Country the University offered both under Graduate and Post Graduate education through the Institute of Distance Education of the University of Madras. The Institute which is popularly called IDE of Madras University. Some of the courses offered by IDE has no parallel in this country to name a few,
1. B. Music - Traditional Indian Music
2. M. Music - Indian Music at Post Graduate level
3. M.A. in Vaishnavism and Christian Studies - The courses of religious Philosophy
M.C.A. and M.B.A.are well designed professional training courses for the aspiring graduates in the respective specialisations.
The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first and latter with an A+ rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centre for potential of excellence in the Country. Lord Elphinstone laid the foundation stone of the University of Madras in 1857. It was started with two departments initially. These are-
1. The High School for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, and
2. The College for providing instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and sciences.
The model of London University was followed while organising the Charter for the Madras University. The establishment of Madras University was initiated by a Public Petition dated 11-11-1839. The University Board was formed in January, 1840 with Mr George Norton as its President. A systematic educational policy for India was formulated by the Government of India in 1854 after a drift of 14 years. And an Act was passed as a sequel to this on 5th September in 1857 by the Legislative Council of India. The Madras University is regarded as the mother of almost all the old universities of South India. The motto of this university is, 'Learning promotes natural (innate) talent.' According to recent update, then the area of jurisdiction of the university has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu. It was done so because many universities were established in the state and the territories of the university was also demarcated. After that the university, has grown very fast and increased its teaching and research activities.
In the 19th century, the University of Madras progressed and expanded all through the South India. Thus, many other universities were born under this such as Mysore University (1916), Osmania University (1918), Andhra University (1926), Annamalai University (1929), Travancore University (1937), Sri Venkateswara University (1954), Madurai Kamaraj University (1966), Bharathidasan University (1982), Bharathiar University (1982), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971), Anna University (1978), Tamil University (1981), Mother Teresa University (1984), Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (1989), Tamil Nadu Veterinary Sciences University (1990), Periyar University (1997) and the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University (1997).
The University of Madras was bestowed with the "Five star status" by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. It was also among the five universities in India, which were given the status of "University with Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This title qualifies the university to receive special grants for creating islands of excellence in the emerging areas and for provision of superior education of merit and distinction. The Madras University got the permission to establish departments of Indian History, Archaeology, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics in 1912. There were total 17 university departments, 30 university teachers, 69 research scholars and 127 university publications in that year and the budget was Rs. ll lakhs. The Sadler Commission later encouraged the research and teaching functions of the university. The gains of the University were also combined by the enactment of Madras University Act of 1923. By this time, the Madras University encompassed Berhampur of Orissa in the north, Trivandrum of Kerala in the Southwest, Bangalore and Mangalore of Karnataka in the west and Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh in the north.
After the independence in 1947, the UGC was set up in 1956 and with the change of socio-political scenario of the country; the University of Madras also went through many changes. The University of Madras Act of 1923 was passed to permit qualitative and quantitative changes in its jurisdictions and functions. The changes, which were brought to the University of Madras, include:
1. Socially relevant education
2. Improvement of the quality of education and
3. An equitable access to all sections of die society to higher education.
The University started providing leadership in higher education to its affiliated colleges and encouraged with the necessary support. It had taken holistic decisions and actions by bearing in mind its primary goal. The Madras University remained accountable to the students, teachers, employees, funding agencies and the society as a whole as well as the Government. It always remained responsive to the changes in the frontiers of knowledge, nationally and internationally.
The Madras University has at present total 68 departments of study and research which spread over four campuses at Chapeau, Marina, Guindy, and Taramani in Chennai. All these departments are kept under 18 schools and each school functions with a chairperson. The University offers postgraduate courses like, M.A., M.Sc, M.Com., M.C.A., M.B.A., besides P.G. Diploma/Certificate Programmes, Research Programmes like M.Phil., and Ph.D., and sponsored Research Programmes (from UGC, CSIR, DST, etc). The Madras University premise is one of the three oldest universities. It has a beautiful Indo-Saracenic building, which was incorporated in 18 5 7 with Chief Justice Sir Christopher Ravvlinson as its first Vice-Chancellor. The Senate House of the University was built on the site of the Nawab`s Artillery Park from where gun salutes were fired to greet visiting dignitaries. It has a raised hall and high ceiling of 130 feet by 50 feet and 54 feet high. Together 1600 persons can sit here. The corridors have huge pillars and stained glass windows can be seen in the ceiling.
In 1936, the administrative and library buildings were built on the site of Marine Villa. The Government Oriental Manuscripts Library founded in the University complex in 1867. The Centenary Auditorium was constructed in 1961 and the statue of S. Subramania Aiyer, the first Indian Vice-Chancellor, was also erected here. There is a statue of Queen Victoria near the southern entrance of the University, which was gifted by the Rajah of Vizianagaram. The examination hall of the University was constructed in 1930 in modern Jaipuri influenced Indo-Sarcenic style. The Madras University was earlier solely an examining university. In 1923, it became a teaching and residential university and still continuing its role as a prosperous University.
The University of Madras, established in 1857 in Chennai by Lord Elphinstone, is one of the oldest universities in India. The main campus is at Chepauk and has satellite centers at Marina, Guindy and Taramani. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited the university with five stars. Empowered with highly qualified faculty and staff, it functions as a multidisciplinary university, offering a range of courses in the arts and sciences. The prestigious institutions that come under the university include the Madras Christian College, Stella Maris College, The Women's Christian College, Presidency College, and Queen Mary's College. The university has a well-equipped library with more than half a million books. The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport and the rail head is Chennai Central Railway Station.
Madras University is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India. The University area of Jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education to the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. Apart from teaching research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities were Ph.D., Programme is available in the respective specialisations. University has also offer teaching and Research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.
The University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities in India. The University of Madras, organized on the model of the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India. The university is situated in the southern city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It has four campuses in the city - Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. More than 50 Departments offer a range of specialisation subjects. University has also offer teaching and Research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organised into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. School of Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, School of Political and International Studies, School of Economics, School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, School of Fine and Performance Arts, School of English and Foreign Languages, School of Business and Management, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, School of Information and Communication, Studies and School of Earth and Atmospheric Science are located in Chepauk campus.
In 2004, all engineering courses of the University were shifted to Anna University. The University provides affiliation to several colleges for numerous courses. The various departments of the University also conduct research in addition to teaching. There are nearly 43 external research institutes in addition to centres of excellence within the University.
Profile of University
The University of Madras was among the three oldest universities established by the British India. The proposal for setting up a varsity in South India was initiated in the year 1839. It was only in January 1840 that the University Board was constituted with Mr. George Norton as its President. In 1854 after a gap of 14 years the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India, the University was developed on the lines of London University.
At present, the University has a jurisdiction that is confined to 3 districts of Tamil Nadu - Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. The university provides affiliation to the newly established colleges which fall under its jurisdiction. It offers both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through its dedicated departments and affiliated institutions which are spread over these three districts. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology are the main portals at the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University Concentrate in research activities.
The varsity offers teaching and research in 4 Campuses of Madras University. The University Department of study and Research which are 68 Departments spread over in 4 Campuses organized into 18 Schools offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialization part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. Owing to its academic achievements, Madras University has been accreditation with five star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the UGC. The UGC has also recognized Madras University as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.
Madras University was established following a public petition dated 11th November, 1839. Later in January 1840, the University Board was constituted with Mr. George Norton as its President. The University was reorganized on the model of London University on 5th September 1857, by an act of the Legislative Council of India.
University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities in India. Modeled on the London University, the Madras University has four campuses in the city at Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. The Madras University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the highest rating for offering quality education and also recognised as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.
The University has four campuses located in Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani. School of Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, School of Political and International Studies, School of Economics, School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, School of Fine and Performance Arts, School of English and Foreign Languages, School of Business and Management, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, School of Information and Communication, Studies and School of Earth and Atmospheric Science are located in Chepauk campus. School of Tamil and other Dravidian Languages and School of Sanskrit and Other Indian Languages are located in Marina campus. School of Earth and Atmospheric Science, School of Chemical Sciences, and School of Physical Sciences and School of Life Sciences are located in Guindy campus and School of Basic Medical Sciences and School of Nanoscience and Photonics departments are in Taramani campus.
History and Heritage
The first ever demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was voiced forth in a Public Address to The Right Honourable Lord John Elphinstone G.C.H., Governor of Madras signed by 70,000 Native Inhabitants when the Governor in Council was contemplating 'some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education'. This public petition which was presented by the then Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11.11.1839 pressed the need for an English College in the Madras city. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a Central Collegiate Institution or a University. This University had twin Departments (1) High School for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, (2) College providing instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and science.
The University Board was constituted in January 1840 with Mr. George Norton as its President. This was the precursor of the present Presidency College, Chennai. However, a systematic educational policy for India was formulated only after 14 years by the historic dispatch of 1854 (Sir Charles Woodï¿½s Education Dispatch), which pointed out the rationale for "creating a properly articulated system of education from the primary school to the University". The Dispatch recommended the establishment in the Universities of Professorships "for the purposes of the delivery of lectures in various branches of learning including vernacular as well as classical languages". As a sequel, the University of Madras, organized on the model of London University, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India.
The University of Madras progressed and expanded throughout the nineteenth century to span the whole of South India and subsequently gave birth to and nourished most of the Universities viz., Mysore University (1916), Osmania University (1918), Andhra University (1926), Annamalai University (1929), Travancore University (1937) presently Kerala University, Sri Venkateswara University (1954), Madurai Kamaraj University (1966), Bharathidasan University (1982), Bharathiar University (1982), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971), Anna University (1978), Tamil University (1981), Mother Teresa University (1984), Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University (1989), Tamil Nadu Veterinary Sciences University (1990), Periyar University (1997) and the Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University (1997). The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred the "Five star Status" to the University of Madras. The University of Madras has been given the status of "University with Potential for Excellence" by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The description of the Coat of Arms of the University of Madras as designed in 1857 and now being followed is as follows:
â€˜Argent on a Mount issuant from the basement a Tiger passant proper, on a Chief Sable, a Pale Or, thereon, between two Elephants heads couped of the field, a lotus flower leaved and slipped of the third, together with this motto Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitamâ€™.
In 1912 endowments were made to the University to establish departments of Indian History, Archaeology, Comparative Philology and Indian Economics. In all there were 17 University departments, 30 University teachers, 69 research scholars and 127 University publications in that year and the budget was for Rs.11 lakhs. Later, the research and teaching functions of the University were encouraged by Sadler Commission and the gains of the University were consolidated by the enactment of Madras University Act of 1923. About this time, the territorial ambit of the Madras University encompassed from Berhampur of Orissa in the North, Trivandrum of Kerala in the South West, Bangalore and Mangalore of Karnataka in the West and Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh in the North. However, Indian independence in 1947, the setting up of the University Grants Commission in 1956 and changes in political, social and cultural milieu had brought several amendments to the University of Madras Act of 1923 to permit qualitative and quantitative changes in its jurisdictions and functions. The policy strands as they have emerged since then and being operated as follows:
Keep furtherance of knowledge in the various disciplines and subjects as its primary goal. In the search for new knowledge, encourage and support continuously (a) socially relevant education (b) improvement of the quality of education and (c) an equitable access to all sections of the society to higher education. Provide leadership in higher education to its affiliated colleges and encourage, support and wherever necessary, regulate them to adhere to established norms in conducting courses of study as well as other related matters. Take holistic decisions and actions by bearing in mind its primary goal and remain accountable to the students, teachers, employees, funding agencies the society as a whole and the Government and be dictated by a democratic process moderated by rectitude. Be responsive to the changes in the frontiers of knowledge, nationally and internationally.
Madras University offers a variety of programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University's campus as well as the affiliated Institutions spread over the district of Chennai, Thrivallur and Kanchipuram. Many institutions affiliated to the University are engaged in research activities were Ph D programme is available in the respective specializations.
To allow access to more students across the country, Madras University offers undergraduate and postgraduate education through the Institute of Correspondence Education. Some of the courses offered by the Institute (also known as ICE of Madras) are unique such as B Music (Traditional Indian Music), M Music (Indian Music at Post Graduate level), MA in Vaishnavism and Christian Studies (The courses of religious Philosophy). For getting admission into the Madras university one has to submit an application at the respective college or University campus. Students from other states of India need to obtain an eligibility certificate issued by the University of Madras to proceed for admission at the University.
NRI students require a valid student visa and other formal educational certificates for getting admission. Candidates can gather related information from the University's Students Advisory Bureau in advance before applying for any course either at the department of the university or Affiliated Institutions.
Hostel and Facilities
Madras University provides hostels facilities for students in each campus. There is a guesthouse that caters to the visitors and guest faculty of the University. The University library (known as Madras University Library System or MULS) situated at Chepauk and Annexe campus has an elaborate collection of periodicals, journals and other study material. The users are allowed to search the required materials by using OPAC (Online Access Catalogue) to ensure better usage of the library collections. The University Library also functions as a resources cell for Competitive Examinations like lAS, IPS, GATE, GRE, TOFEL, TNPSC, CAT, etc.
Madras University Libarary was established in 1907 in the Connemara Public Library. The existing library building, built in Indo-British style was opened on 3rd September 1936. This Building is built with the pointed arches in granite, domes with octagonal base. The kiosks resemble the Islamic Architecture in India. Library caters to information needs to the faculty, research scholars & PG students of the following schools of study:
School of Social Sciences
School of Management Studies
School of Historical Studies
School of Economics
School of Philosophy & Religious Thoughts
School of Fine & Performance Arts
School of Information & Communication Studies
School of Political and Internaltional Studies
School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science Studies
School of English & Foreign Languages
School of Earth and Atmospheric Science
It also caters to the information needs of Colleges, Universites & other Institutes/ Industries.
Sonia turns emotional receiving doctorate
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today (September 5) appeared overwhelmed and emotional receiving the honorary doctorate conferred on her by the Madras University and said she would cherish the moment. 'This morning is an occasion which I will cherish and approach with great humility. In all humility, I must say I hardly deserve the honour bestowed upon me,' she said in her acceptance speech after receiving the doctorate from Tamil Nadu Governor and Chancellor of the University S S Barnala at a packed auditorium.
The doctorate was confered on Gandhi for her 'committment to the ideals of democracy and secularism, advocacy of ethics and accountability and for her pragmatic stand between democratic institutionalism and political choices.' The university also conferred honorary doctorates on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Singh was conferred the doctorate for 'staunch belief in ideals that will make India a global force, for creating a blue print that will take India into the realm of strategic, nuclear energy security in the 21st Century while remaining wedded to the principles of secularism, social justice and democracy.' Receiving the degree, the Prime Minister, who received similar honour from distinguished universities, said this was very special because he received it 'in the august company' of Gandhi and Karunanidhi. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was conferred the doctorate for his contribution to Tamil language, literature, culture and Dravidian movement and 'untiring effort' to uphold social justice.
September 6, 2008
5000 more seats in city colleges
CHENNAI: Here is some good news for students aspiring to join undergraduate courses in arts and science colleges in the city. The University of Madras has decided to create 10% more seats in its affiliated colleges from this year.
'In all, 5,000 seats will be created in courses like BA, B Com and BSc. In terms of students' strength, it is comparable to establishing 25 new colleges. At present, we have approximately 55,000 seats in arts and science colleges affiliated to us in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts,' university vice-chancellor S Ramachandran told. Colleges would be allowed to increase seats, subject to a maximum of 70 students per course. Every year, there is a huge demand for admission into the humanities, science and commerce courses, while the seats are limited. Unlike establishing colleges, which require investment running into crores, the creation of additional seats do not add to the overhead costs of any institution.
'This is a big boon for students. This year, there is a mad rush for BSc (computer science) and BCA. The creation of additional seats will help us accommodate over a dozen students in each section,' said professor John Morais, principal, Guru Nanak College. G Sreenivasa Prabhu, principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, also welcomed the move. 'The sanctioned intake in our college for each course is 60. There is a huge demand for the commerce stream courses. Creating additional seats in each course will certainly help,' he said.
This year, some colleges have received between 3,000 and 5,000 applications for courses like B Com, B Sc (viscom) and basic sciences, whereas the sanctioned intake varies from 40 to 70 seats.
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Tamil Nadus Nemeli college makes a markIt was a big dream for Sivasankar to join a reputed arts and science college in the city but the hefty fees private arts and science colleges charged made it tough for him to join a private college.
The Madras Universitys constituent college at Nemeli, started by the state government last year, has become a boon for students like Sivasankar as they are only required to pay meager fees fixed by the government.
Sivasankar said he visited several private arts and science colleges in the city in an attempt to join Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) but as they charged a hefty fees he did not join.
It was around that time that the government started this college at Nemeli and as the fees is just Rs 2,500 per year I joined this college, he said.
At present the college is functioning at a cyclone shelter and panchayat union primary school. Soon it will have permanent infrastructure with modern classrooms, well-equipped laboratories and students amenities in a 10-acre land earmarked by the state government, says principal Dr R. R. Krishnamurthy.
The state government chose Nemeli to establish the model degree college, that aims to produce under-graduates in literature, commerce and computer applications, to cater the changing needs of the society and industry.
Dr Krishnamurthy pointed out that during the last year, the college has taken tremendous strides in academic teaching and co-curriculum activities.
We have 67 students and all of them have studied in tamil medium in school. We consider the task of transform these rural and economically backward students greatest challenge transforming these rural and economically backward students our greatest challenge, he said.
Prof. G. Thiruvasagam, vice-chancellor of the university said that the college focused on its vision and strategies for carrying out the socio-economic development of the Kancheepuram district in particular and the state in general.
This is the first time in the history of our university that undergraduate courses are directly offered as the university had been imparting postgraduate courses only.
It is an excellent opportunity for the students to study in this college, which provides ample opportunities to utilise the expertise of the university faculty, he added.
In hallowed portals, malpractices most foulThe 150-year old University of Madras has been put to shame. The past year has seen the institution forming three committees to probe irregularities in the evaluation procedures and each has gone on to expose a fraudulent system at work — the latest being the findings of the panel headed by Syndicate member K. Subburaj.
The report of the Subburaj Committee, submitted before the Syndicate on May 31, 2012, has revealed that there was a lapse in almost every phase of the B. E.-B. Tech examinations and major tampering of marks in the exams conducted by the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) held in May 2011.
The committee comprised — apart from Subburaj — retired DGP C.L. Ramakrishnan, and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department officials V.R. Shanmugham and A. Chandra. There is a report which has revealed that the engineering exams (for B.E.-B.Tech students who had enrolled ten years ago) were replete with many lapses.
The investigation was spread over 35 meetings and relied mostly on records. It indicted, for the first time, T. Leo Alexander, the Controller of Examinations. Mr. Alexander has not been chargesheeted yet; the report links him with the lapses in the B.E.-B.Tech exams and not with the IDE exams.
The committee also indicted staff involved in data entry processes spared by previous panels. It is very easy to find out if a number has been whitened or scraped. In both cases, it appears it is the doing of many people and it is very difficult to pinpoint a single person, a senior syndicate member said. The Subburaj report also talks about the involvement of personal assistants in tampering with records, particularly by creating answer scripts for students who did not even turn up for the test.
There are almost no records of what time the papers were evaluated, processed and handed over to the examiner and then to the controller; or the time when the data was entered into the system. Most important details are missing, said a committee member who investigated the case.
A section of professors, however, say that malpractices have been a regular phenomenon in the university, most of them due to the double entry system of marks. After the papers are evaluated, the marks are recorded in another sheet, which is where much of the tampering — with whiteners, blades and even digital replacement — takes place, they say.
A source said Mr. Alexander had, in fact, taken steps to bring the issue to light, having noticed the issue when an engineering student cleared over 30 papers in a single sitting which he could not clear in the last ten years. Mr. Alexander had written to the vice-chancellor many times, informing him about the lapses but he himself was indicted. He could have easily chosen to keep the issue under wraps, as was the case till now, he said.
A majority of the syndicate members, however, are not willing to buy this argument.
Everything happened under the nose of the controller of the examination. Reporting the wrongdoings of ones own subordinates is not whistleblowing. What the University needs is a permanent, dedicated registrar who can handle responsibilities well, a member said.
In fact, Syndicate members representing teachers associations have for long been saying that one person should not hold the posts of registrar and controller of examinations. A few days after the submission of Subburaj committee report, the university replaced Mr. Alexander with senior-most professor G. Koteswara Prasad as Registrar (in-charge).
Subburaj report calls for action against those indicted under 17 (b) of the Tamil Nadu Civil Services (Disputes and Appeal) Rules, which attracts major penalties including dismissal from service.
Meanwhile, a section of university staff are aggrieved over the fact that all the accused are non-teaching staff members. Why have the teachers who evaluated the papers and gave pass marks to undeserving students not been punished? a non-teaching staff asked.
Questions are also being asked as to why the university has not taken the issue to police. Syndicate members, however, claim that the statute of the university, enacted in 1923 by the British, was comprehensive and necessary to preserve its autonomy. We have our own procedures here. Every person chargesheeted will be given the opportunity to prove himself innocent, a member said.
51 varsity employees face disciplinary actionFifty-one employees of the University of Madras are facing disciplinary proceedings for alleged irregularities and malpractices in last years examination.
Controller of Examinations T. Leo Alexander, whose name also figures in the list, has given up the additional responsibility of Registrar-in-charge he had been holding for over a year, citing personal reasons.
A third committee constituted to probe the irregularities in B.E.-B.Tech and distance education exams in May 2011 had implicated Mr. Alexander in its report submitted to the Syndicate on May 31.
The exams were conducted for arrear students who had studied a decade ago.
Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam said that Mr. Alexander had submitted a letter with a request to relieve him from the Registrar (in-charge) post as he could not cope with the additional burden. Accepting his request, we have relieved him of the Registrars post.
The university has appointed its senior-most professor, G. Koteswara Prasad, as Registrar (in-charge) until a permanent registrar is appointed.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Alexander was instrumental in unravelling the 2011 exam malpractices. After a tip-off from him, Mr. Thiruvasagam ordered a departmental enquiry, which found prima facie evidence of irregularities.
The university then constituted a Syndicate Committee headed by Prof. S. Karunanidhi, which recommended the filing of charge sheets against 30 officials, including seven superintendents at exam centres under Rule 17(B) of the Tamil Nadu Civil Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules – invoked in cases of major offences – and others under Rule 17 (A), used to deal with lesser offences.
To frame charges, a four-member committee with K. Subburaj as convener and comprising a former DGP and two senior officials from the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department, was constituted.
After scrutinising the records for over 40 days and questioning the employees named in the previous committee report in about 30 sittings, the committee submitted its report to the Syndicate on May 31. Finding the involvement of 21 more persons, including Mr. Alexander, in the exam irregularities, the committee framed charges under Rule 17(B) against them.
A single individual cant be accused. It is a joint responsibility. It involved tampering of records (mark sheets). Therefore, charges can be framed only under 17(B), said a committee member on condition of anonymity.
However, it is not the end of the road for these employees against whom charges have been framed. Each one will have an opportunity to prove his innocence before an inquiry officer [in this case K. Aludiapillai, a retired IAS officer and former vice-chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University], he adds.
Madras University registrar asked to goCHENNAI: University of Madras has replaced its registrar following a controversy over a rigged exam. T Leo Alexander, holding charge as registrar since June 2011, has been relieved of his post after a committee found him and 50 other university staff responsible for lapses in the 2011 BE-BTech and distance education exams.
Koteeswara Prasad, former head of the universitys department of politics and public administration, has taken over the administrators post. Prasad occupies the Rajiv Gandhi chair instituted by the Union government in the university.
Madras University students log in for virtual classesCHENNAI: Teachers at the department of journalism and communication at the University of Madras encourage their students to check their Facebook pages. They can also Poke, Like and Comment on subjects and lectures. Welcome to the Facebook classroom!
The students record and upload lectures using voice recorders, cellphones and laptops and play it as podcasts later on their official Facebook pages. Gopalan Raveendran, the head of the department, said the idea of an extended virtual classroom came to his mind after seeing the difficulties students from Sri Lanka, Japan, Thiruvananthapuram, irunelveli and Chennai who are sitting next in his classrooms.
Different social backgrounds, language barriers, English accent are some of the factors that limit students from being actively involved in discussions in a physical classroom, he said.
Out of 100 students in the department of journalism and communication (DJC), at least 70 of them are active participants in this virtual classroom. They play podcasts on media, culture or listen to analysis of Charulata, Subarnarekha and Parzania that are being delivered by their professors.
Theerka Narayanan, a second year MSc Electronics and Media Communication student, says the Facebook page helps them recapture each classroom session. There are students who never join a conversation in the classroom. On Facebook, they shed their inhibitions and join in discussions and share ideas with professors. The Facebook page also has details of their semester syllabus, course modules and links for reference and additional reading, she said.
The idea of using social networking and micro blogging sites emerged in the higher education sector a few years ago. It began with informal pages of institutions and student batches. Gradually, leading universities and Indian Institutes of Technology in India started exploring online forums in order to maintain communication with students in a casual and informal manner.
In Madras university, at least 70% of the students participate in its official virtual classroom. Such a virtual class room helps students to Poke, Like and Comment on subjects and lectures, especially if they have not attended or not being involved in the classes. These are the most democratic forms of education and it erases boundaries and hierarchies of a normal classroom, said a senior faculty of IIT-Madras, where students online forum posts notes, podcasts and videos of major lectures and debates organised in the campus.
Another faculty at SRM College said Facebook platforms work well in academics as it is one of the most familiar online space for students.
HCL, BSNL pact with Madras UniversityCHENNAI : The University of Madras will soon enter into Memorandums of Understanding with BSNL and HCL to offer distance education and certificate courses to students and employees respectively. While the course training will be offered by the respective companies, the University of Madras will recognise the modules and provide the certificates. Director of the Institute of Distance Education (IDE), V Thangaraj, told that the courses are likely to be launched from the next academic year. According to him arrangements are being worked out to offer certificate programmes in telecommunications through BSNLs Regional Telecom Training Centre in Maraimalai Nagar for students from nearby colleges. This will act as a value addition to degrees they are already pursuing at college.
With regard to the collaboration with HCL, he said the company had shown keen interest in MBA courses offered by the IDE. The classes will be undertaken by trainers with HCL. We will conduct the exams and provide the certificates to the successful employees, he said.
Also on cards are revamped of syllabi for several distance education courses to suit industry preferences. Major changes would include ushering in of the� credit-based evaluation system and computer training classes for all courses.
Varsity to revamp exam pattern after 2 decadesAfter nearly two decades, the pattern of semester examinations conducted by the University of Madras is set to change.
Introducing objective-type questions and reducing the number of choices for questions by giving an either-or option are some of the changes to be introduced in the new academic year. The examination pattern was last changed when the university shifted to the semester system in the 80s.
The main objective behind the change is to orient undergraduate and postgraduate students to prevalent patterns in competitive examinations. The University s Board of Studies for Examinations is revamping its syllabus and question paper pattern in tune with examinations like the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Eligibility Test (SLET), and those conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This comes at a time when the University Grants Commission has announced that from June 2012, the NET will be an objective-type paper.
Faculty at the University felt the need to include elements of such competitive examinations in their syllabus, since students from rural areas are often forced to attend private coaching classes to prepare for such examinations. Since objective-type questions are an integral component of competitive examinations, faculty members are considering allocating 30 per cent of the marks to such questions in the semester examination.
R. Srinivasan, chairman, board of studies of Mathematics (UG), University of Madras, said, If the syllabus and examination pattern are in tune with competitive examinations, students will not have to make an extra effort to prepare. We want our syllabus and examination patterns to reflect changes in competitive examinations in future too.
The Board of Studies of all departments have been asked to convene meeting to revise the syllabus.
G. Thiruvasagam, vice-chancellor, University of Madras said currently, students were tested largely on textbook knowledge. At a time when schools are adopting advanced testing methodologies, the university too must update itself. Students must be tested on their awareness of current events.
The university is accommodating industry experts views and taking ideas from other educational institutions, too. Feedback from students will also be considered. Students now have to answer five out of eight questions in their examination, which means they have a lot of choice and the examination is not competitive. The new pattern will help change that, said a faculty member of a college.
Varsity sets deadline for grievance redressalHave difficulty in getting your marksheet or migration certificate from the Institute of Distance Education of the University of Madras? Next time you register your grievance, either in person or online, make sure to collect the acknowledgment receipt that will mention when your compliant will be resolved.
As an extension of the functions of the grievance cell, the institute has introduced a time-bound grievance redressal mechanism.With this, both current and former students of the University of Madras need not wait for months to know the status of their application or run to various departments to get a provisional certificate or marksheet.
According to V. Thangaraj, director (in charge), Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras, the average time a person takes to complete a course is six to seven years, so there are bound to be issues in getting a certificate. Also, it was only from 2005 that computerisation of records began at the Institute.
Digging out old records is a huge challenge. Now, these grievances will be sorted out in a month, he said.
There are over 1.5 lakh students registered for the various certificate and diploma programmes of the University at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
Apart from old students seeking a provisional certificate, one of the most common queries at the cell is related to tuition fees. With a majority of students unable to recollect when the fees was paid, the staff at the institute have a tough time tracing the records.
The Institute has also introduced other student-friendly initiatives. Hall tickets can now be downloaded from the website along with the exam time table.
Paris musingsFew days ago I was invited to deliver a lecture by the French department of the Madras University, the topic was Paris Musings. Educational institutions give me the jitters since Im a college dropout. So I addressed the group with whatever came to my mind instead of what I had written down — I never did once glance at my notes though I had taken them along. The following points are the ones I missed and would like to share them with you.
The function commenced with the Tamil Anthem as it always does in all state government institutions. I doubt if people of other countries offer prayers to their mother tongue like they do here. The irony is that todays ultra-modern youth cant read or write Tamil because wherever you turn there are Oxford schools, which resemble cattle sheds. Its a quirk of fate that a student can finish his schooling and college not knowing Tamil, his-her mother tongue. In fact, its à la mode to say that one doesnt know Tamil.
Tamils — no, Indians — have a flair for deifying everything. They erect statues, garland them and then conveniently forget what the fuss was all about. Exasperated by this attitude, Periyar E.V. Ramasamy bulldozed many statues. However, the Dravidian parties, which adore him, have erected his statues, and routinely garland and worship them — voila! A post-modern irony.
I recall structuralists like Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault. Imagine a triangle — a beginning, climax and the sudden end, which is essentially male sexuality. The top of the triangle is god, father, author, authority, etc. There is no adventure in this triangle; somebody gives from the top and you consume it. You are not participating in it. You remain just a consumer. Now think of a spiral — it symbolises female sexuality. Female body does not have a centre like the male body. From head to toe, the female body is like a spiral filled with pleasures. It is endless and multi-orgasmic. Thus, women are more powerful than men — a conclusion which men do not kindly take to. A post-modern text can be compared to this spiral, similar to what Roland Barthes affirmed — The author is dead, which means the text is open-ended; its a maze. The reader enters the text through his creativity and creates another text. So, post-modernism is against absolutism. Its democratic.
Half of the population of Paris breathes under the ground level (in five-storeyed metros), which was constructed in 1900. Delhi got its Metro in 2002 and Chennai awaits its turn. One thing that attracted me the most in Paris is the melody of kiss. Parisians hug and kiss each other in public, making one wonder whether they are living beings or statues. Not only the young, all age groups kiss and hug. I could hear the melody of kiss even during peak hours on the Metro.
But the population seems to be rally less when compared to these kisses, I told my friend. Hes a Sri Lankan refugee who lives in France. Nobody can beat us in that matter, he taunted. Like Tamil comedian Vivek says, They kiss in public but we piss in public. How true!
LEtoile is a place in Paris which looks like a star if seen from an eagles eye. LEtoile is French for star. LArc de Triomphe, which is located in its centre, is surrounded by 12 roads. The amazing thing is that the place where 12 roads meet has no indication — no traffic lights, no police, and yet there are no mishaps.
I adore many French writers, especially Marquis de Sade, George Bataille and George Perec. Marquis de Sade endured 32 years of imprisonment and a long stay in a mental asylum. (Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years.) Napolean ordered not to supply pen or paper to Sade. So Sade wrote on tissue paper and published his writings in foreign countries. He wrote a lot and many of his works were burnt.
In 1810, at 70, Sade was admitted to the Charenton mental hospital where he had sexual relationship with 13-year-old Madeleine Leclerc, daughter of an employee at Charenton. This relationship continued till his death, at the age of 74. Whenever I read Sade, a question arises in my mind. If he had stopped writing, he could have lived a royal life (true to his name Marquis), but he ignored that option and chose to breathe his last in the asylum. Now the question is: Was Sade a sadist or a masochist? Even though the Austrian Masoch was born only after Sade died, in my opinion Sade is a masochist. Isnt that an oxymoron?
Im not sure whether I can talk about George Bataille in the Indian milieu. One of Batailles novels, My Mother, tells the story of an incestuous relationship between a 17-year-old son and his mother. It was made into a movie starring Isabelle Hupert. I have translated the book into Tamil but havent yet given it to the publisher, fearing for my life.
Till now very few lipogrammatic novels have been published. Walter Abishs Alphabetical Africa is an interesting one which has words only starting with the letter A in the first chapter and A and B in the second and so it goes on till Z. The story doesnt end here. He again starts in descending order, from Z. Another writer who has done a stupendous job is French novelist George Perec. He has written a 311-page novel, La Disparition, sans the vowel E which is a gargantuan task in French. And this is not just a gimmick. Disparition means disappearance. Perecs parents were Jews — he was four when his father died in the Second World War and seven when his mother died in a Nazi concentration camp. Lipogrammatic style was used in his English and Spanish translations, too. But, unfortunately, my Tamil lipogrammatic novel, Zero Degree, without A and one, was not translated into English lipogrammatically.
P.S. All my visits to France have been in winter, so I could only see the beauties of Paris draped in woollen clothes. Next time, planning to see them in summer.
Charu Nivedita is a post-modern Tamil writer based in Chennai
Madras varsity to sign MoU with stateStudents of government schools in Tamil Nadu will soon be able to access the laboratories and resources of government colleges and universities and also seek the guidance of the teachers with Madras University set to sign a memorandum of understanding with the states department of school education to devise an action plan to bridge the gap in science education.
The plan envisages making more than hundred state-run colleges and university bodies adopt government-run schools and extend all facilities during non-working hours.
Madras University will adopt schools in both Tiruvallur and Kanchi districts in addition to those in the Chennai metro area.
Our labs have the best-in-class facilities. Why not bring students from nearby schools and technical institutes in and open our labs to them during off-hours?
It will only reinforce their interest in scientific research, Madras University vice-chancellor Col. Dr. G. Thiruvasagam told Deccan Chronicle at the National Science Day celebrations.
With the new school syllabus, we feel there is a need for upgrading schoolteachers with the latest knowledge. Universities such as ours will extend help in grooming these teachers, said the vice-chancellor.
The state should bridge the gap in science education and should invest more in upgrading laboratory facilities in all government institutions. We welcome the laptops-for-students scheme, which I hope students use with discretion, he said.
Thiruvasagam also said devising tailor-made courses with inter-disciplinary approach to make students market-ready has become inevitable and thats where most students gravitate to.
Even mathematics genius Ramanujan was initially denied a faculty position in Madras University as he did not have the academic credentials and by the time the post was allotted and a letter sent, Ramanujan had already breathed his last, he pointed out.
Madras University to be powered by solar energyThe 155-year-old University of Madras would soon become the first state university in Tamil Nadu to be completely powered by solar energy.
This is welcome news with the state facing an acute shortage of electricity over the past few years.
The university, which offers more than 60 post-graduate courses, has five campuses in the city with Chepauk as its headquarters, vice-chancellor Prof. G. Thiruvasagam told Deccan Chronicle on Thursday.
We have several laboratories in various departments such as microbiology, biotechnology and nanotechnology that require uninterrupted power supply, he said.
With frequent power cuts in the departments, research scholars and students are not able to perform some highly sensitive tests in laboratories. So we have decided to install solar power in all our campuses for which we will seek Rs 25 crore from the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the Twelfth Five Year Plan, the vice-chancellor said.
Prof Thiruvasagam also pointed out that the university had paid `8 lakh per month as electricity charge and would save about `1 crore every year with the installation of solar power in the university.
We will take guidance from the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) for procuring and installing solar power. As we are an education institution migrating from conventional power to solar we will also get subsidy, he said.
DMK founder Vijaykant arrested over dam issueDMDK founder Vijaykant and over 200 of his party workers were arrested on Monday after they tried to stage a black flag demonstration against Prime Minister Mamnohan Singh over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue.
Vijaykant and his party workers were arrested at Saidapet area in the city, the route taken by Singh on Monday morning to attend a function at Madras University, police said.
The Prime Minister had arrived here on Sunday evening and stayed overnight at the Raj Bhavan. He attended a function at Madras University on Monday to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of mathematics wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Earlier, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner J K Tripathy had warned that those staging black flag demonstrations would be arrested.
Dont snatch ST status, plead tribalsThe socio-economically weak, educationally-backward and politically-voiceless Kuruman (shepherds) ribals of Dharmapuri district are shocked at the attempts of the local revenue authorities to cancel their scheduled tribe (ST) certificates issued to them thus far after thorough scrutiny. The revenue officials have been adamantly refusing to entertain the applications for ST certificates from Kuruman candidates despite their parents or siblings already holding such certificates, complained Mr T. Raju, leader of Kuru mans welfare association.
Strangely, members of the same family are classified as Kurumbar (BC), Kurumba (MBC) and Kurumans (ST) in the region. Realising the genuineness of their demand, the state advised the Centre to club all the sects in the ST category. Mr Raju argued that there were entries as STs in the census of 1961, 1971 and 1981. If we are not Kurumans, then who were the ST people listed in 1961 and where have they gone? he wondered. We are harassed by the officials in the guise of checking the genuineness of our certificates, he alleged.
The then director of Ooty-based Tribal Research Centre (a Central government unit), Mr Jakka Parthasarathy toured the villages in Dharmapuri district and investigated their culture, custom, language and religious practices. He recommended to the state that these Kannada-speaking people are tribal Kurumans and, hence, entitled to ST status. Noted anthropologist, Prof V. Sudersan, who was the HoD of University of Madras, endorsed his views.
Anthropologists opinion carries more value than a sub-collectors in determining ST status to a group. All the 400-odd certificates were issued based on such academic recommendations, recalled motorbike mechanic Narayanasamy, who is struggling to get a certificate for his wards. We have no other go but to plead with chief minister Jayalalithaa. She should direct the authorities not to be biased against us, but issue certificates based on the findings of the anthropologists, pleaded Mr S. Srinivasan.
Distance education prog under scannerWith the recent scam in one of the study centres attached to Institute of Distance Education in Dubai belonging to University of Madras and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) pulling up Anna University, Chennai for conducting postgraduate (PG) courses such as MBA, MCA and MSc (IT) under the distance education mode without getting the mandatory approval from Distance Education Council (DEC) academicians say time has come for government to review distance education system in the country.
Academicians also say that distance education system has become a commercial tool for both government and private universities to earn money, as it has no restriction for admission of students, besides lack of proper monitoring system.
Former Anna University vice-chancellor Prof. A. Kalanidhi blamed union government for the chaos in distance education as it failed to allot necessary funds for higher education.
As the government is not able to fund its own universities and private ones it let loose all of them to start distance education centres and generate their funds. This led to commercialisation of distance education system, which was once started with an objective to take education to the unreachable, he said.
He pointed out that until union government comes out with some kind of proper mechanism to regulate and control the commercialisation of distance education this chaotic situation would continue to prevail.
Grading system at varsity soonTaking a cue from CBSE and the state school education department, the Madras University is planning to implement grading system instead of marks for all its students. The university has also made it mandatory for MBA and MCA students to learn a foreign language. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle on Tuesday, vice-chancellor of the university Prof. G. Thiruvasagam said that recently the state government had announced the implementation of continuous and comprehensive evaluation for school students across the state and replacing marks with grades. This is a time-tested move so we are thinking of implement it in our university and affiliated colleges too for the benefit of our students, he said.
We will table the proposal before the universitys academic council and then take it to the syndicate for approval and implement it in our university. We have also been revamping the syllabi and course content making it much more industry-oriented so that students are employed immediately after graduation, he added. Pointing out that students in foreign countries learn more languages to increase their chance of getting employed, Prof. Thiruvasagam said that from this academic year MBA and MCA students will have to learn either French or German, which would help them get jobs with ease. Our university has been teaching MA French for long with German, Italian, Korean, Russian and Spanish as electives. Several students who completed this course have joined top companies, he added.
Puducherry minister sits for Class X examsThere are few professions that dont require any education and one among them is politics. India has seen some uneducated politicians who have achieved great heights in politics and governance. However, an uneducated person being an Education Minister looks odd. P M L Kalyanasundaram, the Education Minister of Puducherry, should have felt so and that is why he decided to take up Class X supplementary exams.
Twenty years ago, in 1991 he quit his studies after failing in science and social sciences in Class X. Then he joined his elder brother in his sand mining business and later joined politics. He contested in 2006 assembly elections and became MLA on a BJP ticket.
Two decades after quitting his school education, Kalyanasundaram now appeared in supplementary exam in science in Tindivanam town, around 120 kilometers from Chennai. Being Education Minister of the state, Kalyanasundaram wants to graduate so that he wouldnt look unfit to the job. I started preparing for the exams with the help of my friends. I took the science exams yesterday but could not appear for the social science exams today (30-09-11)) as I had to attend a meeting, said Kalyanasundaram. I wrote well my science exam and hope will get more than 60 per cent marks, he said.
Kalyanasundaram didnt want appear for the exam in a school located in Puducherry because that would attract lot media attention so he chose Tindivanam as examination centre. He joined BA at Madras University under the Open University stream in 2011-12 after becoming a minister because it is the easiest route to become a graduate and effectively used by many politicians who want to show the public that they are also educated. But, Kalyanasundaram later decided to finish his formal school education.
In India, a person with some resource can buy a fake degree in any subject and can get a highly paid job. So, it is indeed surprising that this minister didnt try such shortcuts.
MU dual degree cheers studentsStudents of arts and science colleges affiliated to the University of Madras have a reason to cheer.
They can now pursue a course in the universitys institute of distance education while doing one in the college to secure dual degree.
Universities abroad allow students to pursue two courses simultaneously to get dual degrees and this has prompted Madras University to introduce the system from this academic year, University of Madras vice-chancellor Prof. G. Thiruvasagam told DC on Wednesday.
To enrol for a course in the institute of distance education, students need to submit a photocopy of their Class XII transfer certificate to the university.
On the impasse in appointing qualified faculty in more than 100 affiliated institutions, Thiruvasagam said that the university would not relax the qualification required for a candidate to be appointed as lecturer, adding that those who are already working without the required qualification must ensure that they get the required qualification.
Faculty already working must get qualification approval immediately. No college should allow a teacher to work without obt-aining qualification from the university, he said.
For disciplines such as computer science, mass media, journalism, management, and electronic science, colleges that can substantiate that they had taken all possible steps to appoint qualified faculty yet failed to do so can appoint guest lecturers with minimum required qualification. However, these lecturers should also be asked to qualify as per UGC norms within a year, he said.
Tibetans raise voice in ChennaiTibetan students from Chennai hold up posters of the freedom fighter monk who set himself on fire, during their protest on Anna Salai on Thursday. — DC
They may look like carefree, fashionable college students at first glance, but inside every Tibetan, there is a freedom fighter, longing to return to a free motherland.
On Thursday morning, around 200 young Tibetan students boycotted their classes and went on a hunger strike protesting the human rights violations committed by the Chinese armed forces in Tibet.
Triggered by the public suicide of a young freedom fighter monk in Tibet last month, and the tension that followed, the day-long hunger protest was led by a group of 11 monks from the Gaden Jagste monastery near Mysore.
Last month, 29-year-old Tsewan Norbu immolated himself in order to get the world to pay attention to Tibets freedom struggle. Since then, Chinese soldiers have surrounded the Nyatso monastery in Tibet, cutting off food supply to the monks living inside. Many monks from the monastery have been arrested as they were suspected of aiding the suicide, explained Mr Rinchen Namgyal, president of the Tibetans Students Association of Madras.
The monks from Mungode are travelling across the country to hold protests, hoping that the Indian government will intervene. We also demand that journalists from across the world be allowed to travel freely to Tibet, so they can tell the world about Chinas oppression of Tibetan citizens, added Mr Rinchen, a PG student at Madras University.
The protestors also pushed for the release of the Panchen Lama, who has been missing since 1995. It is believed that the Lama, along with his parents, have been detained by the Chinese government.
Shouting slogans, the students marched from Anna Salai to Choolaimedu after the fast, distributing pamphlets to drum up support for their cause.
Colleges to give own degreesTaking a cue from countries like USA and the UK, the University Grants Commission (UGC), which governs all arts and science colleges in India, has come out with a concept of allowing old autonomous arts and science colleges to award their own degrees.
In India, only universities are permitted to grant undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees to students, but with UGCs proposal, about 50 autonomous arts and science colleges in the country will be empowered to provide their own degrees for undergraduate students.
When asked about the UGCs proposal, Madras University vice-chancellor, Prof G. Thiruvasagam, said vice-chancellors of universities in the southern states recently discussed the proposal in detail during the south region vice-chancellors conference at Mysore.
We have about 10-15 old autonomous colleges like Presidency, Loyola and Queen Marys which fit in the category suggested by the UGC. With this concept, universities will get time and manpower to involve in quality research. These colleges are already framing their curriculum with the universitys approval, conduct examinations and evaluate students performance. The university only awards the degree, he said.
Prof S.P. Rajagopalan, former principal of D.G. Vaishnav arts and science college, and Madras Universitys former college development council dean, said though the move is welcome it has some attendant problems.
Students will like to take the degree with the university logo. Madras University is a world-renowned university. Companies and foreign universities know its heritage. So, students would like to take a degree from the 154-year-old university rather than a 25-year-old city college, he said.
Reminiscing his experience about autonomous colleges, Prof Rajagopalan said students were hesitant to join autonomous colleges as they were doubtful about the concept.
When we enrolled students from autonomous colleges 25 years ago, we refused to take internal exam marks into consideration as we were not wholly convinced about their evaluation process, he added.
Prof Rajagopalan said the university should ensure that the quality of education does not suffer in the pretext of giving autonomy and more power.
University should do more research when it offloads its work of awarding students degrees, he said.
Madras University graduate is now US state deputy secretaryCreating a history of sorts, an entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu has been appointed deputy secretary (equal to deputy minister) of state for policy and external affairs in the state of Maryland, United States of America.
Speaking to DC while on his way to his native Pudukottai, Dr Rajan R. Natarajan said that it was for the first time that a person of Tamil origin had been bestowed with the coveted post by US Maryland Governor, Mr Martin O Malley.
Having been in the US for well over 23 years, I was involved in bringing in many top honchos to set up business entity through collaborations, he said adding that he had been in touch with leading entrepreneurs and big business houses, guiding them on business tie-ups in the US.
After his doctorate in Madras University, Dr Rajan went to the US in 1989 to pursue post-doctoral research at the Michigan State University.
He also obtained a PG in Business Administration from the same university and became a full-fledged entrepreneur.
He said he gained significant experience in the technology sector to deliver innovative solutions and business development initiatives to corporates across the globe.
He also actively engaged in bringing in business leaders and striking deals and partnerships.
Dr Natarajan said that his responsibilities included representing the secretary of state or governor at designated public and community outreach events, advise the secretary on external affairs, foster and promote international diplomatic relationships, effectively build public-private community and industry partnerships and oversee Maryland international consortium.
Being the first Indian-born American to serve the citizens of Maryland as the deputy secretary of state for external affairs, I hope that I will be able to communicate and relate effectively with the diverse population.
He has to his credit many awards from various organisations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Indian National Young Scientist Merit Award, Outstanding Community Leadership award, and Emerging Business Leadership award.
Jayalalitha sworn in as Tamil Nadu CMThe All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief, J Jayalalitha, has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a third term along with 33 ministers in her Cabinet on Monday.
The oath-taking ceremony took place at the historic Madras Universitys centenary auditorium, where Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi, and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, were also present.
Out of the 33 members to be sworn-in, the Jayalalitha government has inducted 24 fresh faces to the cabinet to run the government. It has also included veterans like O Pannerselvam who served as the chief minister for a short time in 2001 when she could not assume the post because of legal problems.
In keeping with Tamil Nadus political practice, it will be a single-party government despite AIADMK winning the elections in alliance with some other parties.
The recently formulated Cabinet will serve as Tamil Nadus larges cabinet ever. Although the congress president, Sonia Gandhi, gave a surprise congratulation call to Jayalalitha on Saturday evening, none among the congress leaders were present at the oath-taking ceremony.
In the recently held assembly elections, the AIADMK-led front has won 204 of the total 234 seats. While some of the old-timers like K. A. Sengottaiyan managed to find their place in the new established cabinet, some stalwarts like Jaya Kumar and Valarmathi were just left out.
1.25 lakh to get tech trainingMadras university VC G. Thiruvasagam responds to a doubt raised by a student during an interactive session organized by the IT firm — DC
About 1.25 lakh students in 120 colleges affiliated to Madras University in three districts of the state are likely to get trained by software major HCL Technologies on their IT employability skills and if lucky, they may even get their first placement call from the companys BPO division.
In the first phase, about 300 students from 43 Madras University-affiliated colleges in Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kanchipuram districts have already been hired by the company and about 1,000 more have been issued letters of intent to give them on-the-job training for three months to improve their soft skills under a programme called Lakshyam.
Also, HCL will soon be partnering with Madras University to unveil a four-year B.Com Honours course which will be piloted in 10 select colleges in the city with the last year fully dedicated to industry internship.
This initiative, explained Subrat Chakravarty, HR Head, HCL, was taken up by HCL to address the growing gap of employable workforce among graduates and to expand the companys sourcing pool.
Madras University vice-chancellor G. Thiruvasagam said the initiative was decided with a view to giving a boost to students from rural areas to get placement in IT firms.
Recruit Physics grads: ExpertsIts not rocket science but it is intricate and managing air traffic is a specialised task — DC
Even as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has largely been appointing engineering graduates as junior executives in its Air Traffic Control division, several air traffic controllers (ATCs) and academicians feel that recruiting Physics graduates for the post, as was done in the past, will help AAI get more junior executives and get a good pay package for the Physics graduates also.
Prof S.P. Rajagopalan, Madras Universitys former college development council dean and secretary of Bhaktavatsalam Memorial College for Women, Korattur, in the city, said Physics graduates get placed in research companies and also join the Indian meteorological department in various positions.
Physics graduates dont get a big salary in any company, but if the Airports Authority recruits them, they will get a chance to earn more than Rs 20,000 per month. So, I think AAI should think of recruiting these graduates, he said.
Prof Srinivasan, who teaches Physics in a city arts and science college, said there was no big difference as far as engineering and Physics streams were concerned.
Engineering graduates also learn Physics but they learn more technology than science graduates. As far as controlling air traffic is concerned, anybody with in-depth knowledge of Physics and aircraft can do a good job, he said.
Rajasthan High Court issues notices to JNVU, MGSU and MDS universitiesDr G Thiruvasagam has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Madras University. Thiruvasagam would hold the post for a term of three years from the date of assumption of office. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who is also Chancellor of the university, appointed Thiruvasagam, a Raj Bhavan release said today.
Thiruvasagam, former Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, succeeds S Ramachandran who retired on
Campus counsellorI unfortunately got compartment in mathematics in class XII. My All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) rank is 100234 in the other backward classes (OBC) category. Is there any way through which I can apply for colleges now? Should I wait to take my compartment exam and then apply in August after my compartment result is out?
You can apply for admission even with compartment, provided you meet the eligibility criterion for the specific programme. The university would give you provisional admission on the condition of clearing your compartment exam within a specified time.
Under AIEEE too, you may take provisional admission based on your rank. As per the eligibility specified in the AIEEE prospectus, candidates whose results are not declared can also appear for the counselling. Such candidates will be admitted provisionally, subject to the submission of proof of passing the qualifying examination latest by September 15, 2009, at the allotted institute. You may log on www.aieee.nic.in for more details.
I have passed my class XII exams in science stream with 63 per cent marks. Please suggest a course which has wider scope and is not so time-consuming.
— Gunjan Singhal
Nowadays, everybody seems to look for short cuts, that is more scope in a career, where one can make it in a shorter span of time. But in doing this, we generally forget to seek a career which matches our abilities, skills, personality and interest. On the contrary, there could be a career which has more scope and is less time consuming too but does not match your skills and abilities which in turn causes dissatisfaction. So decide your career based on yourself, not on scope and time.
There are a multitude of career options available after science depending on what kind of profile you have. As I dont have information on whether you have medical or non-medical science, I will give you information on both. With a non-medical background, you can look into options like architecture, aircraft maintenance, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, flying (pilot) etc.
With a medical background, you can explore avenues such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, genetics, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy etc.
I have scored 81 per cent in my class XII exams (commerce without maths). Which degree programmes can I avail? Does the BBA programme provide a better base for MBA, or BCom? I had a bit of difficulty in accountancy earlier; scored 73 per cent in my Board exams. I feel BCom is tougher than BBA. But many people suggest that I pick BCom.
BCom is a better base for the MBA programme as it is about an academic subject. Management is just a skill which does not require five years of study that is doing BBA+MBA. But if you wish to work after graduation, BBA is a professional degree as compared to BCom.
But as you did not like accounts, going for BBA might be a better option for you. If you are a kind of practical person who likes to learn skills than doing an academic course, then you may prefer BBA to BCom.
I took my class XII exams with medical subjects. I want to apply for the BSc (H) programme in zoology in Delhi University. But I aim to become an IAS officer. Is my choice of subject right? Can you tell me what are the future job prospects of this subject? Is it wise to take this subject in graduation to qualify for the IAS? Is the civil services exam a little to tough to crack?
— Surbhi Sharma
An aspirant can sit for the civil services examination after graduation in any subject. As you need to opt for two subjects for the preliminary and main exam, you must choose a subject is in the Union Public Service Commissions (UPSCs) list, and which you also like studying. Zoology is listed among the civil services subjects. Therefore, you can take it up if you also enjoy studying it. For more information, log on to www.upsc.gov.in.
With graduation in a science discipline, you can also apply for the Indian Forest Service (IFS), another Central government service for which the selection is through the UPSC. Separate from the exam for other civil services, the one for IFS exam is open to science and engineering graduates only. The advertisement calling for applications generally appears in all major newspapers in December and the exam is held in May. Those selected are called for a personality test and interview, followed by a medical and endurance test. The latter checks the candidates physical fitness and stamina for a service which will require much outdoor activity. Those selected for the IFS, will work as Forest Officers in the forest areas as well as with the Ministry of Environment and Forests after their initial training. Check the UPSC website for more details.
It is important to keep in mind that the IAS is one of 32 government civil services, for which entry is through a rigorous selection process. More than three lakh aspirants around the country apply for the entrance exam, but barely 300-400 candidates finally get selected for all the services. Of these, only the top hundred contenders get to select the service of their choice. To clear the civil services exam, you need to be an above average student, extremely hard-working and persevering.
If you are unable to make it to the civil services, there are several other science related-fields you can consider after graduation in zoology. With a degree in zoology, you can consider careers directly related to your degree or those where your qualification would be useful. These include fields such as environmental science, biotechnology, forestry and wildlife science, forensic science, anthropology, as also microbiology, marine science, oceanography and so on. If you are interested in research, some higher-study options include environmental technology, oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine food technology, applied genetics, fishery biology and aquaculture, medical anatomy, dialysis therapy, anatomy, forestry, as well as phyto-medical sciences and technology.
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