Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) has decided to start 10 new schools of learning in traditional and emerging areas.

The project proposal has been forwarded to the government for approval. The new learning centres proposed include School of Economics; School of Hindi; School of Geology; School of Commerce; School of Mathematical Science; School of Theatre and Writing; School of Psychology; School of Nano Science and Technology; School of Energy Materials, and School of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

People close to the development pointed out that the decision to start new schools had been taken in the backdrop of the fact that the varsity could launch only 18 academic departments after it came into existence three-and-a-half decades ago.

A document highlighting the academic and infrastructure gains of the varsity showed that the number of departments was low compared to other varsities. It had also affected research and academic initiatives. The rolling out of new schools is expected to raise the image of the varsity at the national and international levels, it said.

The proposed schools have been planned in tune with their popularity among aspirants.

The authorities had taken care to include courses with considerable potential for research and learning. The idea of starting schools in Economics, Hindi, Geology, Commerce, and Mathematical Science had been floated long ago.

The varsity wants to tap into growing opportunities, both job and research-wise, offered by niche areas like nano science and technology, energy materials, and artificial intelligence and robotics. It has taken into account studies and assessments indicating the increasing demand for trained professionals, especially in the said areas, across the globe.

Govt assistance

Meanwhile, the government will give a push to research and academic programmes of the varsity. It has earmarked Rs. 132-crore assistance under the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The fund will be used to set up laboratories and a lab complex on the main campus.

Work on the Rs. 28-crore academia complex is in its final stages. The varsity document said inter-university/inter-school centres could be brought under the facility. The construction of a student amenities centre and an international academic convention centre will start soon.

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