HEFA of MHRD sanctions Rs 206.94 cr for PU for construction of new buildings

Puducherry, Aug 20,  Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi has sanctioned a sum of Rs.206.94 crore for Pondicherry University (PU) for construction of new buildings and add-on buildings for academic departments and among others, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Gurmeet Singh said on Thursday. In a release here, Prof.Singh said that this grant will be utilised for the development of Pondicherry Main campus, Karaikal and Andaman campuses. In addition, UGC requested Pondicherry University to submit proposals to HEFA for additional grants to a tune of Rs 90 crore for construction of new buildings for Departments of Food Science, Performing Arts, Lecture Hall complex for community college, Students Amenity Centre-cum-Internet Access Centre, and for campus development like repairing and maintenance of roads, academic buildings, compound walls, etc. and upgrading of the existing infrastructure. Proposals were already submitted to UGC for starting new courses in Virology and Pharmacology with new modern lab facilities for extending research on communicable, non-communicable and rare diseases including infectious agents such as novel Coronavirus. He said with the New Education Policy 2020, the syllabi for all the academic programs are being revised as per New Curriculum guidelines given by UGC, duly updating and making industry-friendly. Also, steps are being taken to introduce online academic programs for those who could not enrol in on campus programs, whereby more number of student fraternity will get benefited. At present, nearly 50,000 students are applying for the oncampus programs, out of which only 3000 students are being admitted every year. Already, first in India, PU successfully implemented Student Academic Management System (SAMS) and Research Scholars Academic Management System (RAMS) whereby all academic and administrative processes are totally operated using online means, in an integrated manner with efficient and time-bound processes, Prof Singh added.