Bharathiar University Convocation on November 24,

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Bharathiar University Convocation on November 24, 2009

As many as 47,450 students will be receiving their degrees, post graduate degrees, M.Phil and doctorate at the 25th convocation of Bharathiar University on November 24.

Talking to reporters, C. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor of the University on Tuesday said that 30,091 undergraduate students would receive their degrees at the convocation to be presided by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Surjith Singh Barnala, Education Minister and Pro-Chancellor K. Ponmudi while the Union Public Service Commission Member, E. Balagurusamy will deliver the convocation address.

The recipients of the degrees and doctorates would include 3,146 from the faculty of arts and humanities, 15,478 post-graduate students, 1,622 M.Phil students, 259 PhD students and one from the Doctorate of Science.

The University will soon introduce two new innovative courses – a PG programme in textile fashion and designing and a five-year integrated course to face competitive examinations.

The five-year integrated course will have tailor-made curriculum for equipping students face competitive examinations such as Union Public Service Commission for getting into civil service, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission or any other competitive examination. Government has sanctioned Rs 70 lakhs for setting up a training centre exclusively for this purpose.

The course would have exit points at third year and fourth year. In the event of the exit in the third year the student would walk away with a degree and in the event of the exit in the fourth year, there would be a diploma, in addition to degree and on completion of five years, the student would get a post-graduate degree.

Mr. Swaminathan said that a constituent college of the University would be established in Coonoor and would become operational by next academic year.

The constituent college would be on the lines of those at Valparai in Coimbatore and Gudalur in the Nilgiris. On the feasibility within the next seven to eight months, Mr. Swaminathan said that the Minister from Nilgiris, K. Ramachandran (Khadi and Village Industries) and Union Minister for Information and Communications A. Raja have assured to get the necessary permission, orders and financial support. Initially, four or five courses would be offered, depending on the demand.

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