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The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, looking at a model of the silver jubilee administrative office complex of the Anna University, Chennai, for which she laid the foundation stone on Monday. Photo: N. Sridharan
The ``highly qualified human resource base'' (here) had the competitive edge to capitalise on the nurturing policy environment provided by her regime, Ms. Jayalalithaa said after unveiling the foundation plaque for a Rs.20-crore administrative block in the Anna University here. The one lakh-sqft block, to be constructed to mark its silver jubilee, would ``be home to the latest research and teaching methodologies''.
The Anna University, ``a premier institution of higher learning'', now had under its fold about 250 engineering colleges. These, along with the IIT, produced a year one lakh engineering graduates and postgraduates, who were the backbone of south India's technology development and IT revolution the world over. This manpower should help Tamil Nadu gain a dominant share in key areas such as business process outsourcing, back office operations and digital content development, the Chief Minister said.
``It is my dream to develop Tamil Nadu into a land of hope, a land of opportunity for scientists and technologists. In the Anna University, I see an institution that can teach our youngmen and women, too, to dream and to hope and to turn their dreams and hopes into opportunities.''
The Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, said the new block was required in view of the quantum increase in the university's responsibility of monitoring 250 colleges, four lakh students and 40,000 teachers. It would be constructed in 24 months and have ``intelligent'' features. The east block would have the offices of university authorities and the west block, centres for faculty development, engineering partnership, academic audit and student affairs.
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