Conclave seeks overhaul of reports on higher education

The Nair Service Society (NSS) has found a new supporter in the State's Christian managements in its battle against some of the recent policy initiatives in the higher education sector.

A statement issued here after a joint conclave of the Kerala Private College Managements' Association Principals' Council, All Indian Association for Christian Higher Education and the Kerala Higher Education Trust said they would support any move to extend the privileges now enjoyed exclusively by the minority institutions in teachers' recruitment to the majority managements.

The meeting also made it clear that said they would not agree to any recommendation made in the reports of the U.R. Ananthamoorthy Commission and the Ananthakrishnan Commission that would annul the sanctity of the “Direct Payment Agreement”.

The meeting called for a total overhauling of the two reports, which according to them, were drafted by those who had clear Left leanings. Taking a step further, the meeting said they would not accept any move to hand over the right to appointments to a committee formed under UGC directive.

Taking serious exceptions to the comments made in the reports, they called upon the authorities to withdraw terms like “pseudo management colleges run privately using public funds”.

According to the participants, the social responsibility cell envisaged in the reports was nothing but an attempt to intervene in the affairs of the college by politicians. They also opposed the idea of “electing” college governing bodies and the parent-teacher associations as it “would ultimately lead to lack of discipline on campuses”.

The meeting took a critical view of the support for the formation of college clusters and expressed surprise that the committees had failed to mention the autonomous colleges being run successfully in other States.

The reports, which aimed at quality improvement of higher education, had not made any suggestions for the improvement of the student community, but had confined themselves to the teachers, they said. The meeting also criticised the government for opting for the continuation of the centralised allotment process in the PG programmes.

Mani Jacob presided. M.V. Pailee, former Vice- Chancellor of CUSAT, inaugurated the meeting.