Chennai: On Monday i.e. on September 13, 2010,G. Thiruvasagam, Vice Chancellor of the Madras University, has announced that the student strength in the University had increased tremendously by 115 percent, for the current academic session. He also mentioned that the student strength in 72 departments of the university this year had increased to 1,454, from 642 last year.
As per sources,MrThiruvasagam spoke at the launch of a joint online master’s programme with the University of Northampton and Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom. He also added that the University of Madras had undertaken several special measures in order to increase the student intake.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had considered the expansion measures important for the development of higher education in the country. After a resolution was adopted by the syndicate, the university had asked the science departments to enroll a minimum of 20 students and 60 students for arts courses.
In addition, the intake of students to MBA and MCA programmes had been doubled according to the guidelines stipulated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Also, during the occasion, it was informed by the British Deputy High Commissioner Mike Nithavrianakis that several British universities were seeking to enhance ties with premier universities in India.
Madras University will offer an M.Sc programme in International Environmental Management in collaboration with the University of Northampton. It will be an online programme for duration of 2 years. The fee structure would be Rs 2 lakh. The course will begin in September and February every year.