M. Thirumalai, who resigned as the Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University last Thursday, will continue to hold the post.
Speaking over phone, Mr. Thirumalai told The Hindu that he met Governor K. Rosaiah on Thursday afternoon at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai. “The Governor advised me to continue as the Vice-Chancellor. Accordingly, I have decided to continue. I may rejoin either on Thursday or Friday.”
Mr. Thirumalai said that he later called on the Minister for Higher Education and Tamil Development P. Palaniappan and told him about the Governor's advice. He also informed Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam about his decision.
Thanking those who wanted him to continue as the Vice-Chancellor, particularly students, teaching and non-teaching staff of the university, Mr. Thirumalai said circumstances forced him to take the extreme step. But, he has now reconciled to continue his commitment as the Vice-Chancellor and work for the development of the university.
Mr. Thirumalai had faxed his resignation letter to the Governor, Higher Education Minister and Secretary to Government, Tamil Development, last Thursday after a meeting with some employees of the university.
His resignation came as a shock to students, teaching and non-teaching staff . They appealed to the government to permit Mr. Thirumalai to continue as the Vice-Chancellor.