The Association of University Teachers (AUT) has expressed apprehensions over what it viewed as violation of guidelines by government-aided arts and science colleges with respect to complying with the admission guidelines specified by the Department of Higher Education.
While the colleges were supposed to complete student admissions in aided courses prior to self-financing / unaided courses, the guideline was being violated. Private college managements were also collecting excess fees from students over the prescribed limit, K. Pandiyan, AUT State president, said in a press release. The stand of Regional Joint Directors of Collegiate Education that they had not received any complaints on violations of guidelines was unfortunate. Since there has been no progress following the suggestion by Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education for introduction of Single Window System of admissions for Postgraduate programmes followed by Undergraduate programmes, the AUT has appealed for an appointment with the Principal Secretary of Higher Education, the release said.
The AUT intends to take up with the authorities pending issues affecting teachers for immediate action. Subsequent to the implementation of the UGC pay revision in 2009, the State government, the release said, has not yet adopted the UGC Regulations 2010 pertaining to Career Advance Scheme with reference to teachers appointed on or after January 1, 2006. Until the regulations are adopted prospectively, CAS must be sanctioned for the teachers as per existing regulations without any further delay, the AUT appealed. The association also called upon the government to immediately accord financial approval for the recent proceedings of the Directorate of Collegiate Education advancing the date of CAS to January 1, 1996 instead of July 27, 1998.