Pondicherry University to offer Country’s First MBA-LLM Joint Degree Course

Pondicherry University proposes to introduce the country’s first MBA – LLM joint degree course. Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy announced the proposal while presenting a report during the 23rd convocation of the university on 25th September, 2013.

The university’s school of law would introduce the joint degree course under the University Grants Commission’s ( UGC ) recently notified ‘scheme on innovation universities,’ she said.

“The joint degree MBA / LLM programme in international law and management will give a thorough grounding in both management and law. This accelerated course of study, which will be on a par with the standards of Harvard and Oxford Universities, has not been offered by any Indian universities so far. It is exclusively designed for highly motivated students, who seek a deeper education in both law and management,” the vice-chancellor said.

She revealed that the school of law would introduce a high quality one-year master’s degree in LLM to retain students in the country. “LLD ( doctorates in letters and literature ) in various disciplines is now on the cards”, she added.

She said the UGC had accorded permission to Pondicherry University to establish two centres – centre for European students and a new media centre.

Chandra said the university submitted a proposal to the ministry of new and renewable energy seeking financial assistance to promote eco-friendly projects in the 110-acre silver jubilee campus. She added that all new buildings were designed as per the green building concepts and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment ( Griha ) as directed by the UGC. She pointed out that the building for Madanjeet Singh School of Green Energy Technology had been built with ‘4 star’ green ratings of Griha norms.

She said the UGC had allotted Rupee 146 crore under the 12th Five Year Plan to Pondicherry University whereas the university estimated the minimum fund requirement at Rupee 495 crore. She pointed out that the fund allocation had increased from Rupee 52.56 crore under the 10th plan to more than Rupee 300 crore under the 11th plan.

“The thrust areas of the university will be research and innovations in sciences and social sciences and engineering,” she said.

She said the university was the first in the country to adopt choice-based credit system along with the semester system, which easily facilitates mobility of students with credit transfer in India and abroad. Similarly, the university was the second in the country to sign a memorandum of understanding with Information and Library Network ( Inflibnet ) for uploading thesis and making them available for open access. The university was the third in the country to have a functional radio frequency identification ( RFID ) surveillance system, she added.

She said the university organised special camps to enable students to get Aadhaar cards in the campus.

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