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Friday, March 24, 2017
MSU plans to launch satellite

Tirunelveli: Manonmaniam Sundaranar University has proposed to launch ‘Mano Sat’ with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation, Vice-Chancellor, K. Baskar said.

He told reporters here on Thursday that the MSU had sent a project proposal worth Rs. 7.67 crore to the Department of Science and Technology for fabricating and launching ‘Mano Sat.’ The satellite would address issues pertaining to climate change and other problems being faced by farmers.

The MSU had decided to allot 50 acres of its land on its campus at Abhishekapatti to install solar panels on an outlay of Rs. 13.50 crore to generate 3 MW of power. While one MW would be utilised by the university, the rest would be sold to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation.

He said that a project proposal worth about Rs. 200 crore had been sent to the Centre to establish Centralised Instrumentation Facility to help faculty, research scholars and students to carry out globally competitive research and development in basic and applied sciences on MSU premises and at Sports Village on MSU’s land on Seevalaperi Road under the ‘Khelo India’ programme at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. A shooting training centre would be established at the Sports Village on an outlay of Rs. 5 crore with the assistance of the State Government.

“A swimming pool in international standards will be created at Abhishekapatti at a cost of Rs. 6 crore for the benefit of students and staff,” he said.

The Centre for Geo Technology had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, DST, for giving two research fellowships each worth Rs. 16,000 a month. Two research scholars – one each from Geo Technology and Physics departments – would get the assistance. Regarding Centre for Foreign Languages, he said classes for teaching French and Spanish had been started for 39 students while the move to teach Japanese, German, Chinese and Korean was in advanced stage.

While explaining the steps being taken to strengthen infrastructure, the Vice-Chancellor said work on a multi-purpose auditorium with 3,000 seats (Rs. 14 crore), staff – students’ amenity centre (Rs. 2.70 crore), tar road and compound wall on the southern boundary of MSU campus (Rs. 3.30 crore), quarters for VC and the Registrar on MSU premises (Rs. 1.34 crore), women’s hostel at Centre for Marine Sciences Technology, Rajakkamangalam (Rs. 75 lakh) and broadcasting station for Gnanavani Radio (Rs. 75 lakh) would be taken up shortly.

Dr. Krishnan said the central valuation system had been restored following assurance from teachers on maximum turnout and students had been given the choice to apply for arrear papers according to individual’s convenience. The convocation fee had been retained as Rs. 325 instead of the earlier fee of Rs. 500.

Registrar A. John De Britto and Controller of Examinations S. Prabhakar were present.

Courtesy: The Hindu
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