Pondicherry University Alumni Meeting
Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University is conducting the third meeting of the Pondicherry University Tourism Studies Alumni on November 5, 2011 at the auditorium of the School of Management, a release said.
The Pondicherry University function will be inaugurated by Vice – Chancellor of Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka ( Jharkhand ) Basheer Ahmed Khan.
After the inauguration, the Pondicherry University department has planned many activities like the Department of Tourism Studies Human Chain, Campus Tour, trip down memory lane, career counselling and a cultural programme, the release said.
The Pondicherry University Department is celebrating its Bi – Decennial Year, which started as a Centre for Tourism Studies in the year 1991.
Many of the alumni from the department are placed in tourism businesses, travel agencies and the hospitality industry. Some of the alumni are event teaching in foreign universities like Bournmouth in the UK.
The Department of Tourism Studies ( DTS ) currently offers three academic programmes – MBA in Tourism, PhD in Tourism and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Management.
Pondicherry University launching M.Sc. Astrophysics
Pondicherry University, in an attempt to develop high quality space research, is launching a master’s course in Astrophysics this academic year. The course will be jointly conducted with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics ( IIA ) and the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics ( IUCA ).
Speaking to The Press Person Pondicherry University vice-chancellor J. A. K. Tareen said, “India is a new entrant to the moon, so it is important that we train quality astrophysicists to prevent any shortage in human resources in the field.”
He also stressed the need for state-of-the-art research facilities, which would be available to students of this course. The syllabus for the course along with other course details was decided by a Board of Studies, which consists of a team from the university, IIA and IUCA. While IIA and IUCA would support the programme, the university would set up the labs and other facilities, he said.
The masters’ course in astrophysics is a four-semester programme. The top 10 candidates from the physics undergraduate course would be offered a chance to join the programme, he said. Apart from this, there would be selection based on an entrance test. To qualify for the course, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with physics, he said.
The university has also launched an LLM in Corporate Law. According to Mr. Tareen, foreign investment in India is on the increase and the corporate sector is growing at a remarkable pace, which is why this course is imperative. There are 20 seats open for the course. Candidates applying for this course should have an LLB from a reputed college and have secured at least 50 per cent, he said.
The third course they are introducing this year is M.Sc. Microbiology. This course would provide support for food sciences, microbiology and biotechnology, he said. Selection for the new courses would be based on entrance examinations.
In addition to the new courses being offered, the university is setting up a Centre for Foreign Languages to offer diploma courses in nine languages including Italian, French, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
“I believe we are one of the fastest growing central universities,” Mr. Tareen said, “So far we have added 80 new programmes in the past four years and our student strength has increased from 1,800 to 6,500. We will continue to improve our standards with each coming year,” he said.
The Pondicherry Central University on 11th January, 2011 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Syiah Kuala University in Indonesia to promote educational and research cooperation between the two universities.
As per the MoU, the universities would exchange research materials and publications, organise joint academic activities and research programs and exchange students, faculty members, staff and research scholars.
The universities would also seek the opportunity to develop joint training programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Addressing a press conference, Vice – Chancellor of Pondicherry University J.A.K. Tareen said that the MoU would provide an opportunity for students and teachers of the university to gain valuable to exposure to a big Asian country such as Indonesia.
He said that pact would grant teachers of Pondicherry University a chance to go to Indonesia and teach for a couple of semesters.
Though university was reluctant all these years to admit foreign students owing to lack of infrastructure, that deficiency had now been rectified and the target was to have at least 500 foreign students on the campus by the end of the current plan period, he said.
Terming the MoU a “prelude” for a better future, Rector of Syiah Kuala University, Darni M. Daud said that cooperation with Asian universities such as the Pondicherry University was more economical that those in the United States and Europe.
He said that both the countries had a cultural relationship and social connect, which made cooperation easier.
The ties between the two universities would be comprehensive with a focus on areas such as engineering and certain fields of science. Mr. Daud hoped that the university to university relationship would pave the way for better cooperation between India and Indonesia.
Pondicherry University ranked fourth on Impact Factor
Pondicherry University is ranked fourth in India in terms of impact factor out of a total of 547 universities, according to Director of Studies M. Ramadass.
Addressing the gathering at a function to admit army officers to Masters’ courses at the Pondicherry University, Mr. Ramadass said the university was the first in the country to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Army to admit candidates. This programme would help army officers develop second careers after retirement.
The university signed the MoU on January 13, which allowed around 45 army officers to join postgraduate courses. The university would admit 10 MBA candidates, 20 PhD candidates, 10 South Asian Studies candidates and five candidates for special programmes in South Asian studies, he said.
The candidates would then appear for an entrance examination conducted by a special committee. This year, there were 11 candidates selected, of which nine had joined the course, he said.
Four of the officers who were selected received their joining letters on Friday from Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal, Adjutant General of the Indian Army and Mr. Ramadass.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sabharwal said this programme was the first step for officers to receive new life experience.
He said many of the officers had 20 to 25 years of experience in the army, but when they retired they were only around 45 years old, but there was no other higher education programme that would enable them to build another career.
He said new initiatives within the army took a while to implement. Owing to administrative reasons and the lack of awareness, many of the army officers had not enrolled in the course, but by next year many more would apply, he said.
Speaking to The Hindu, Assistant Registrar of Pondicherry University Franklin Thomas said Army officers need to apply for the courses at the university through the army headquarters.
They were then judged based on the same entrance test as other students, but they had a separate merit list. Despite the MoU only mentioning four courses, the Vice-Chancellor had allowed army candidates to join any course they wished, he said.
All the officers who had enrolled would be full-time students, having been granted study leave from the army, he said.