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Jayalalithaa announces 12 new colleges in state
By Nirmala Joseph April 09, 2013
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday announced in the state legislature that her government will set up of 12 new Arts and Science Colleges in the state.

She also announced infrastructure facilities to the tune of Rs1.50 billion for institutions under Anna University in the state.

Jayalalithaa pointed out that her government had merged five Anna Technical Universities, which were functioning without any facilities, with the Anna University-Chennai.

Also it brought all engineering colleges the Anna University-Chennai’s control.

Regional centres were set up in Trichi, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tirunelveli to monitor the functioning of colleges and to help students get details about higher education.

As per the plans, buildings would be constructed at a cost of Rs300 million in Madurai and Coimbatore regions, she said.

Besides, Rs100 million worth hostel buildings will be set up in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli regions and hostels worth another Rs100 million in constituent colleges of Anna University in Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin and Nagercoil.

The chief minister said hostel buildings would be constructed for Anna University’s constituent colleges in Pattukottai and Panruti at a cost of Rs50 million.

Electrical, drinking water and sanitary facilities would be provided in all 12 constituent colleges of Anna University at a cost of Rs100 million, she said.

“In all, Rs1.50 billion will be spent on these facilities,” she said.

Jayalalithaa also announced that research and education centres in the name of Swami Vivekananda would be set up in Madras University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathiyar University, Bharathidasan University, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Alagappa University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Periyar University and Alagappa University at a cost of Rs250 million since the preaching of Swami Vivekananda were relevant still today.

Recalling her government had already announced setting up of three government engineering colleges, 22 university constituent arts and science colleges and 10 polytechnic colleges, she said one engineering college and 22 university constituent colleges had already been started.

“Two government engineering colleges and 10 polytechnic colleges will start functioning soon,” she said.

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