Says it will withdraw affiliation if they fail to meet norms

From the next academic year, the University of Madras will withdraw affiliation for courses in arts and science colleges if the faculty fails to fulfil its qualification norms and those of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Releasing the placement brochure of the Department of Management Studies on Wednesday, University of Madras Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam said the university had sent a circular to all affiliated colleges following a recent Madras High Court order to ensure the faculty had the required educational qualifications.

A meeting of the secretaries and correspondents of all affiliated colleges would be convened in October to insist on the need to follow the latest regulations of the UGC.

Experts sent by the university would also ensure that classes in all regular (day college) and evening college courses were handled by qualified faculty. Exceptions could be made in the case of courses such as library science, computer science and catering and hotel management.

As the new regulation could not be implemented mid-year as students would be affected, he said the university was granting six months to colleges.

From the next academic year, affiliated colleges would not be able to offer courses without obtaining the qualification approval for teachers from the university.

For faculty who had served for 10 and 20 years, the eligibility criteria at the time of their recruitment would have to be considered for regularisation of services by the respective colleges.

Similarly, the university would not allow colleges to permit teachers of regular courses to handle evening college classes too. Colleges would not be permitted to use single infrastructure to run courses for the day and evening colleges.

R. Venkatanarayananan, HR – head, Rane Group; S. Ravi Shankar, senior vice-president, India Cements; S. Rustom, associate vice-president, TCS BPO and P.T. Srinivasan, head, Department of Management Studies, University of Madras, addressed the students.

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