Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers' Association (TNGCTA) has called for the Chief Minister's intervention to address inadequate infrastructure, insufficient staff, and other issues confronting the 69 government colleges catering to nearly two lakh students belonging to poor and rural background.

In a release, TNGCTA zonal secretary N. Selvaraj said teaching and non-teaching posts such as bursar, junior assistants, typists, and lab assistants have not been filled for the past several years, leaving the government colleges choking with administrative problems. The release said constituent colleges of Bharathidasan University should be converted into government colleges to facilitate and widen higher educational opportunities to socially oppressed sections.

Posts of principals have not been filled in more than 30 colleges since the last academic year due to seniority problems, the association said, requesting the State government to fix seniority among college teachers and appoint principals. The association also sought filling of posts of Director of Collegiate Education and Regional Joint Directors with immediate effect.

Prof. Selvaraj called upon the government to fill up vacancies to the posts of Vice Chancellors in State-funded universities, and to appoint members in Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE) for smooth functioning of higher education department. The release also requested release of regularisation orders for those recruited in 2007 by the Teacher Recruitment Board; career advancement scheme from January 1, 1996; fixation of Rs. 14,940/- after completion of five years in selection grade; counting of contract period services for pension purposes; setting right of anomaly of juniors being paid more than seniors; and restoration of old pension scheme for those who had joined collegiate service on or after 2004.

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