The Association of University Teachers (AUT)– Tamil Nadu has appealed to the Election Commission of India to issue necessary directions to the State Government for the release of the third instalment of University Grants Commission (UGC) arrears due to the college teachers as on April 1.
In a resolution adopted to this effect at the general council meeting of the association held here on Sunday, its members wanted the Election Commission to remove any hurdle against the release of the third instalment of the UGC arrears.
In another resolution, the association said that it would strongly support any move to start new public funded universities.
The association, however, would launch a protracted struggle to thwart any move aimed at metamorphosing aided institutions into private universities.
The association also appealed to the State Government to speed up the process of declaring Chikkaiah Naicker College, Erode, as government institution, thus fulfilling the aspirations of people of Erode district, which has no government college.
The association also demanded the immediate appointment of a special officer to look into the administration of CBM College in Coimbatore.
Earlier, the general council of the association elected K. Pandiyan as the new State president for the period 2011-2013. C. Pichandy was elected as the general secretary and R. Sampath as treasurer of the association.