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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 15:47
Madurai: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosiah on Wednesday presented PhD degrees to the students of the Madurai Kamaraj University here at its convocation here.

Dr G Padmanabhan, former director and Honourary Professor of Indian Institute of Science/ NASI-Platinum Jubilee chair, in his speech said only two dozen universities out of 600 in Tamil Nadu were contributing to worthwhile research.

Only Central universities were in a much better position as regards to funding and infrastructure, he said.

He said even the best Indian universities figured between 200-300 in international ranking. He said efforts should be made to convert Research and Development into products useful for society.

He said universities should take steps to mentor the students and set up a counselling centre to help them beyond their courses and projects. Universities should also collaborate with several groups at the international level.

"We need to break the barriers and go beyond our own small groups to reach out to collaborators, including industry to attack major problems facing the society through R and D.

T S Sridhar Additional Chief Secretary Government, Department of Higher Education, said the University got research grants from various funding agencies to the tune of Rs 202 crore.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 15:47

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