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 #10407  by madurakarenda
 November 1st, 2013, 10:38 am
Proposed library in Madurai to house artefacts, manuscripts
CHENNAI: A massive library to house Tamil books and artefacts, including ancient palm leaf manuscripts, will come up in the heart of Madurai city in the proposed Tamil Sangam complex. A total of 14.5 acres had been identified to house the Madurai Tamil Sangam. The premises will also hold the library and the entire project is expected to cost Rs 25 crore. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who announced the project in the state assembly two years ago, will choose a design for the building soon. The new library is likely to be thrown open to the public within 18 months.

A government order was issued on July 12 and the department of Tamil culture began to earnestly work on the library project. "A piece of land was identified at Thallakulam near the Gandhi Museum in the heart of Madurai city. We now have three designs and the chief minister has to choose one of them after which construction work will begin," said an official, seeking anonymity.

The Madurai Tamil Sangam, which was started in 1982 soon after the World Tamil Conference, will now be a separate entity and registered under the Societies Act. "The sangam will also function from the new building and all the activities of the sangam like seminars, discussions and research activities will be held," the official said. The Sangam will occupy a small portion of the complex.

The main aim of creating such a huge library is to bring all the Tamil manuscripts and books from museums and private collections across the world under one roof. "We plan to source all the ancient palm leaf manuscripts belonging to Sangam age and later periods and digitise it. We have also instructed all publishers to send copies of new book releases to the library as they do for the Central Library here," said the official. There are around 1 lakh palm leaf manuscripts of which only 25% have been deciphered, he said.

Researchers from across the world can stay in the hostel adjoining the library and pursue research. "The thesis and other research works of various Tamil scholars across the world will be sourced from various universities and will be preserved for use by researchers," he said. Apart from the library and hostel, the building will also house open-air and indoor auditoriums. The open auditorium will have graphics and portraits, describing ancient Tamil culture. The indoor auditorium will be used by researchers and scholars for debates and discussions, the official said.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 030151.cms
 #10665  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 December 13th, 2013, 11:47 am
It is evident that Our fond Madurai, has been ignored , neglected , sidelined and even stymied in setting up premier educational institutions by the successive SG & CG.Despite its credentials , Madurai was deliberately skipped, when ANNA University's regional centres came up at Coimbatore, Trichy and Tirunelveli, albeit the fact that they are all defunct now. So , let us all of "allaboutmadurai.com" , urge and exhort the M.P'S ,M.L.A'S , top leaders, functionaries and Bureaucrats to earnestly consider setting up of Premier Educational Institutions like the IITS, IIMS, IIITM, AIIMS in their expansion plans. It is indeed an important task and let us all strive to get a budgetary allocation and see an IIT established here at Madurai. sure it will go a long way in fostering the industrialisation and will incubate a lot of ventures here . Meanwhile it is essential that the existing Engineering, Medical, Science , arts and humanities colleges of Madurai , to upgrade , should they want to achieve more. Let us vow to create awareness among our fellow Maduraiites , to be gentle , courteous , socially & politically aware , to get rid the backwardness of our Madurai region.United we can do!
 #10668  by Jayvjay
 December 13th, 2013, 2:12 pm
M.Mohamed Rafi wrote:It is evident that Our fond Madurai, has been ignored , neglected , sidelined and even stymied in setting up premier educational institutions by the successive SG & CG.Despite its credentials , Madurai was deliberately skipped, when ANNA University's regional centres came up at Coimbatore, Trichy and Tirunelveli, albeit the fact that they are all defunct now. So , let us all of "allaboutmadurai.com" , urge and exhort the M.P'S ,M.L.A'S , top leaders, functionaries and Bureaucrats to earnestly consider setting up of Premier Educational Institutions like the IITS, IIMS, IIITM, AIIMS in their expansion plans. It is indeed an important task and let us all strive to get a budgetary allocation and see an IIT established here at Madurai. sure it will go a long way in fostering the industrialisation and will incubate a lot of ventures here . Meanwhile it is essential that the existing Engineering, Medical, Science , arts and humanities colleges of Madurai , to upgrade , should they want to achieve more. Let us vow to create awareness among our fellow Maduraiites , to be gentle , courteous , socially & politically aware , to get rid the backwardness of our Madurai region.United we can do!
Welcome Rafi to AAM with a need on Central Institutes !!! :)

Though we have requested in many ways long back . Still no politician hears our demand or their promises will vanish after elections . If caste based violence is the major reason hampering southern TN developments , either SG or CG should have taken steps to eradicate through education first by setting central institutes to harness the potential of misguided youth .Instead they neglect us & been shown in a badlight . : firing: : firing:

Though setting up IIT, IIM,.. is our prime demand , we can also demand for exclusive Jasmine Research Instiute (not Laboratory) , Minerals ,Solar films technology research centre to give our region a unique image & position .

If the entire Madurai aware of all this political gimmicks , we can develop very well ...

Our forum will definitely help in restoring Maa Madurai's image ...
 #10710  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 December 18th, 2013, 10:51 am
Again a case of gross discrimination against Madurai.till date Madurai does not have a Government Engg college . even the Anna University regional centre ,has had aquick death, whereas every other city , town does have the same. it is regrettable that Maduraiites , have not considered it seriously and pressed for it. it would be highly appreciated if atleast the Renowned Madurai Kamaraj University , starts up a fill fledged Faculty of Engineering,after all it is our rightful demand and not a privilege.later demand would be to set up IIT/ IIM at Madurai. by the way Trichy despite having the NIT, BIMS has got an IIM , too, due to hectic lobbying and "strong connections", within the establishment. so forumers , please do start a campaign demanding a Govt Engg College for Madurai. let us forge ahead.
 #10904  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 January 16th, 2014, 4:45 pm
It's a known fact that Anna University , Madurai was created belatedly, in the fag end of the previous regime, which was more abstract than of anything worthy.All the then Government did was to put up an ordinance, appoint a vc and make some glitzy announcements. Everything came to a nought when the Present dispensation, scrapped down all Anna University affiliates and restored it to a unitary university. Remember it was named loftily as Anna University(AU), Madurai, but the constituent colleges were established only at Dindigul and Ramanathapuram, owing to the demands of Mr I.Periyasamy, Former minister and the then Ramanathapuram MLA. No building , no faculty and alas no students to Madurai Region of AU .Even then the gullible and hapless Maduraiites, unaware of this farce , did not protest for everything that was denied to an university, in their city. Now that the AU, Madurai having evaporated , the Engineering colleges at Dindigul and Ramnad are gradually getting established well., while we are Madurai are being denied and deprived. This Government too has turned its back when it comes to the development of Madurai, while even the nondescript places like Bargur, Tiruvannamalai, Bodi are offered more, at the cost of Madurai. Evident as it is ,it is nothing but a conspiracy hatched by some vested interests, political elite and top echelons of the establishment who want to oppress and keep Madurai backward to serve their interests and assets. it is reported that, the only aided Engineering Institution in Madurai, too , instead of fostering academics , Institutes and industry had forestalled the growth of the other Engineering colleges , treating them as threats.so, we have to press and demand a Government Engineering college at Madurai , a full fledged campus , faculty , P.G and Post Doctoral research facilities(Just like Perur, Coimbatore campus and Trichy campus). Sure it is the right time to make an electoral demand on this issue and see what it has to offer to our MADURAI.
 #10905  by Jayvjay
 January 16th, 2014, 5:20 pm
M.Mohamed Rafi wrote:It's a known fact that Anna University , Madurai was created belatedly, in the fag end of the previous regime, which was more abstract than of anything worthy.All the then Government did was to put up an ordinance, appoint a vc and make some glitzy announcements. Everything came to a nought when the Present dispensation, scrapped down all Anna University affiliates and restored it to a unitary university. Remember it was named loftily as Anna University(AU), Madurai, but the constituent colleges were established only at Dindigul and Ramanathapuram, owing to the demands of Mr I.Periyasamy, Former minister and the then Ramanathapuram MLA. No building , no faculty and alas no students to Madurai Region of AU .Even then the gullible and hapless Maduraiites, unaware of this farce , did not protest for everything that was denied to an university, in their city. Now that the AU, Madurai having evaporated , the Engineering colleges at Dindigul and Ramnad are gradually getting established well., while we are Madurai are being denied and deprived. This Government too has turned its back when it comes to the development of Madurai, while even the nondescript places like Bargur, Tiruvannamalai, Bodi are offered more, at the cost of Madurai. Evident as it is ,it is nothing but a conspiracy hatched by some vested interests, political elite and top echelons of the establishment who want to oppress and keep Madurai backward to serve their interests and assets. it is reported that, the only aided Engineering Institution in Madurai, too , instead of fostering academics , Institutes and industry had forestalled the growth of the other Engineering colleges , treating them as threats.so, we have to press and demand a Government Engineering college at Madurai , a full fledged campus , faculty , P.G and Post Doctoral research facilities(Just like Perur, Coimbatore campus and Trichy campus). Sure it is the right time to make an electoral demand on this issue and see what it has to offer to our MADURAI.

But I have different opinion .

We can press for MKU to have a full-fledged centre for engineering as setting up a AU campus will take more time ,cost & students ,faculties will continue to suffer from rented campus for years , which is not even questioned by AICTE : firing: : firing: Because just building an engg. college will be not useful & it wont garner name . A R&D institution is must .

MKU where once engg courses were learnt should not be treated a mere university of arts & science ,bizz admin ,open university .

Before an year MKU -VC has announced setting up of Multimedia cum studio centre in MKU , indicating consultancy even with actor ,Dr. Kamal Hassan . But after that there is no news at all . :bash:

I shocked why such things are happening only to us , with public becoming mute spectators , & MLA's here not even speaking.

Madurai which is the birth town of most important celebrities of TN is continously neglected in terms of all-round sustainable development . :wallbash:
 #11045  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 February 11th, 2014, 10:53 am
One only wonders , why when it comes to the developmental aspects of Madurai, everything flounders? just compare the amazing speed , how Trichy got an IIM, there , despite the BIMS, under Bharathidasan University, a Faculty of Engineering too. Add to it the NIT established there and several other self-financed Institiutions (courtesy ... MGR Loyalty.. and gullible , hapless Maduraiites simply gazing dumbly)Every other Politician , Bureaucrat , Industrialist, some businessmen too are brooding a hatred, vengeance and inexplicable antipathy towards our "Madurai" and work overtime to see that this region remains under/ un-developed be in all spheres of Infrastructure , industrialisation, Power distribution, commerce, IT& ITES, Education, Health etc . besides they are indulging in all srts of activities , to keep us divided along casteist, sectarian and religious lines. We should set our pririoties right , instead of hogging on the old , quaint and obsolete glories like Meenkshi Amman Temple, Chitra Festival, Teppkulam Float, Alanganallur bull-taming, Madurai- Malli, Jigarthanda, etc . let us consign these cliches in the back burner and engage ourselves towards comprehensive development. Remember as long as there are so many lazing idlers, indulging only in fun, raving and ranting , our city is not going to witness a huge and exponential growth . After all People of Madurai, be it the workers, artisans, toilers , Managers and officers alike have clearly demonstrated their skill, talent and perfection and enriched all the places they tend to live / inhabit. we can sure do everything for our "Madurai" and enrich ourselves and our city. No morte enmasse migrations towards Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore , Tirupur and even to that mean Trichy......... how promising and pleasant .. isn't? are If all our just demands keep on repeatedly ignored and persistently neglected , then the demand for a separate statehood and intense struggles would become imperative. How long are we going to let ourselves Maduraiites ,being deceived? Let us arise, awake and stop not till our goal is reached.
 #11240  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 March 15th, 2014, 4:51 pm
Recently the the residents of Surya Nagar, Kodikulam, Madurai, were making a protest opposing the proposed construction of 'Anna University", Madurai centre Buildings , reportedly over a water body. Indeed , we sure have to protect the water sources. It is really sad and disturbing because this is not the only one being reutilised, and there are a lot more to be taken care of. but if we let this oppurtunity (CONSTRUCTION OF AU CAMPUS ) go off things will never materialise and we Maduraiites will be the only ones growthless. will the opponents of this project ever care to identify some other location for AU. Meanwhile the Govt. Authorities too should have acted responsibly and allayed the fears of the locals , should they set forth with their plan. can anyone update the fate of AU, Madurai, please.
 #11247  by madurakarenda
 March 19th, 2014, 11:50 am
Meenakshi mission will launch their nursing college project soon followed by Medical college project.

Location : Melur to Tiruvadhavur road.

They already have the approval by TN Pollution Control Board for a 350 bedded hospital at Kottagudi, Melur.
 #11577  by ananth
 July 26th, 2014, 4:21 pm
UGC gives negative report, discontinues Centre of Advanced Study status of School of Mathematics.

Madurai Kamaraj University here has suffered a setback as its School of Mathematics has lost the status of Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Mathematics, which was accorded by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The School of Mathematics, which had been enjoying the CAS status since 2008, does not figure in the latest UGC list since an expert committee strongly recommended against extending the prestigious recognition to it.

Official sources told The Hindu on Thursday that the university received a communication to this effect. The particulars along with the recommendation of expert committee meeting held at UGC headquarters in New Delhi on July 10 have been posted on the UGC website.

The expert committee which reviewed special assistance scheme implementation for 2014-19 at various universities in the country wrote its remarks for the MKU that “the committee strongly recommends that the department be discontinued.”

When the CAS phase-I was implemented, the university had received periodical financial assistance from the UGC to equip faculty, library, infrastructure, research and collaboration in the field of mathematics.

M. Lellis Thivagar, Chairperson, School of Mathematics, MKU, said the university had missed out an opportunity to retain the CAS status this year.

“Our departments could not submit utilisation certificate and five-year progress report in time due to shortage of time and scarcity of staff. The School of Mathematics has only eight faculty members while the original strength was 26. We will submit a fresh proposal to the UGC in two or three months to get back the CAS phase-II,” he said.

The School of Mathematics has two departments — one each for Pure Maths and Applied Maths. Dr. Thivagar blamed the department heads who retired in the last two years for not completing the documentation work in a time-bound manner.

Senior maths professors who retired from the university expressed “terrible shock” over the development.

“That position (CAS status) put the MKU in a special category besides getting funding support to the tune of Rs.20 lakh per year. People with lack of interest are bringing down the department. It is unfortunate that we lost a prestigious position and I don’t know whom to blame,” a retired professor lamented.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mad ... 248557.ece
 #11668  by ananth
 August 15th, 2014, 12:38 pm
Madurai Agriculture College: 50 years and going strong

Establishment of a student complex with dining hall, kitchen and laundry at a cost of Rs 3 crore; alumni guest house for Rs 2 crore; golden jubilee arch for Rs 1.9 crore; state-of-the-art research laboratory at Rs 3 crore and a department of biotechnology with advanced lab facility at a cost of Rs 15 crore are some of the highlights that have been proposed to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Agricultural College and Research Institute (AC&RI) in Madurai.

Announcing this at a press meet here on Thursday, K Ramasamy, vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), to which the AC&RI is attached to, said the institution is gearing up to hold events all through the year. The golden jubilee year will commence with a colourful inauguration on August 19 with national and international seminars scheduled every month by the college's 12 departments.

Ramasamy, said that it was a major milestone for the institute which has produced thousands of professionals. "The institution has gained a place of eminence in the state spreading technical education to unreachable areas and at the same time bringing out thousands of professionals," he mentioned.

The agricultural college in Madurai was second institution after the one in Coimbatore which was later converted into TNAU. The college in Madurai played a very crucial role in its early stages empowering farmers of Tirunelveli to manage the Tamirabarani river, which till date remains the only river where they control it along with the public works department. Later, it provided crucial technical expertise to farmers of Periyar ? Vaigai irrigation command area in the southern districts and developed number of crop varieties more suitable for this region.

The college also provided five paddy varieties, one blackgram variety, one kolingi (green fodder) variety along with a number of horticulture crops likes brinjal, snake gourd and bitter gourd, flowers like chrysanthemum and marigold. Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the college empowered farmers with its extension activities and many farmers from the region aided by its service rose to win number of awards, Ramasamy explained.

It was established as agricultural college on August 19, 1965 and inaugurated by then Chief Minister of State, S Bakthavatsalam

It was upgraded as Post Graduate Centre in 1969

It became constituent unit of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University since 1971

It was turned into research institute in 1980 with major disciplines as agronomy, plant breeding and genetics and agricultural entomology

Spread over 154 hectares, it was one of biggest campus next to Coimbatore

The institute produced 3142 under graduates, 1536 post graduates and 617 research scholars in this 50 years

Alumni of college include 12 IAS officers, 12 IPS officers, 14 IFS (Forest) officers, 10 IRS (Revenue) Officers, 3 IFS (Foreign Service) and one from Indian Railway Service

Sanila Velikeloth of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was alumnus of AC & RI, Madurai

Several alumni work as scientists in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 304569.cms

State govt should convert this college into an university. Why cant we have two agri univerisites? Coimbatore one can take care of west and north areas of TN and Madurai one can take care of south and central areas of TN.
 #11669  by ananth
 August 15th, 2014, 12:39 pm
madurakarenda wrote:Proposed library in Madurai to house artefacts, manuscripts
CHENNAI: A massive library to house Tamil books and artefacts, including ancient palm leaf manuscripts, will come up in the heart of Madurai city in the proposed Tamil Sangam complex. A total of 14.5 acres had been identified to house the Madurai Tamil Sangam. The premises will also hold the library and the entire project is expected to cost Rs 25 crore. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who announced the project in the state assembly two years ago, will choose a design for the building soon. The new library is likely to be thrown open to the public within 18 months.

A government order was issued on July 12 and the department of Tamil culture began to earnestly work on the library project. "A piece of land was identified at Thallakulam near the Gandhi Museum in the heart of Madurai city. We now have three designs and the chief minister has to choose one of them after which construction work will begin," said an official, seeking anonymity.

The Madurai Tamil Sangam, which was started in 1982 soon after the World Tamil Conference, will now be a separate entity and registered under the Societies Act. "The sangam will also function from the new building and all the activities of the sangam like seminars, discussions and research activities will be held," the official said. The Sangam will occupy a small portion of the complex.

The main aim of creating such a huge library is to bring all the Tamil manuscripts and books from museums and private collections across the world under one roof. "We plan to source all the ancient palm leaf manuscripts belonging to Sangam age and later periods and digitise it. We have also instructed all publishers to send copies of new book releases to the library as they do for the Central Library here," said the official. There are around 1 lakh palm leaf manuscripts of which only 25% have been deciphered, he said.

Researchers from across the world can stay in the hostel adjoining the library and pursue research. "The thesis and other research works of various Tamil scholars across the world will be sourced from various universities and will be preserved for use by researchers," he said. Apart from the library and hostel, the building will also house open-air and indoor auditoriums. The open auditorium will have graphics and portraits, describing ancient Tamil culture. The indoor auditorium will be used by researchers and scholars for debates and discussions, the official said.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 030151.cms
I knew the answer but still asking, any development on the above matter? :cry:
 #11747  by ananth
 September 3rd, 2014, 7:42 pm
Lady Doak College plans eco-friendly satellite campus

MADURAI: The Lady Doak College in Madurai, which has been initiating many methods to ensure that their campus remains eco-friendly, will achieve its goal once its satellite campus starts functioning three years from now.

According to R Gunaseeli, retired professor of the college, the satellite campus is being established about 20 km away from the present campus. The institution was already initiating steps like environmental impact assessment to ensure its success. "We will also be analyzing the flora and fauna of the space reserved for the campus and check the quality of air, water and soil of the new campus," she said.

The new building would be 100% eco-friendly and would be self-sufficient as far as its water needs are concerned. "Trees will not be felled at any cost for the construction of this building," she said.

The college also has a 'waste paper recycle unit' that was started in the year 2009. "We have been successfully running the recycle unit from the past five years. Students from all the departments collect the waste paper and deposit at the unit for recycling," said Gunaseeli.

B Bella, a student of the college said, "We make our own invitation cards using recycled paper. Two types of paper - thick and thin are produced in the unit."

Gunaseeli added, "The recycled unit was set up at a cost of Rs 12 lakh and now we are upgrading the machinery."

N Vinod Kumar, junior researcher at the recycle unit said, "We produce 40 recycled sheets every day by using the shade drying method due to space constraint. The students bring in about 140 to 170 kg of unsorted waste paper every month."

Besides this, the college uses solar panels for lighting the hostel premises and the campus streetlights. In a bid to spread awareness on the importance of trees, the college campus has given botanical names to the trees. The campus has also put an end to fast food and replaced it with fresh juices and traditional food in the college.

Further, the college has taken steps to make the campus zero-waste by converting the waste into bio- degradable waste.


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