Mayor S M Velusamy, speaking at the occasion of Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, Tamil nadu,announced that the Coimbatore Corporation would soon take steps to make it a “Solar city” and that it will utilise solar energy to the maximum.
He appreciated the university’s move to set up a solar plant with a capacity of five mega watts.Coimbatore will initiate a model that can be replicated in other cities too.
Coimbatore district collector M Karunagaran said higher education must be for the benefit of the future generation.
“The Tamil Nadu government plans to have video conferencing facilities in all universities. Funds worth a crore would be spent to improve the curriculum in universities. This year, the Tamil Nadu government will distribute laptops to school and college students. An IIT will be set up in Trichy,” he said.
Dr R Subbayyan, the first vice chancellor of the university, said that academic institutions have to focus more on quality research.
“Among the top 20 universities of the world, 17 are in the US. Seventy per cent of Nobel laureates are from there. This is mainly because of the importance they give to research,” he said.
He mentioned that the contribution from India in research is very poor. “Last year, when Indians managed to get 375 patents, the US citizens got 85,000 patents and the Japanese more than 35,000 patents. All this points to the need for developing high quality research in the country,” he said.