The All-Kerala Private College Teachers’ Association (AKPCTA) has come out against the Mahatma Gandhi University Syndicate’s decision to sanction more off-campus centres.

The AKPCTA district unit said in a press note that the former Syndicate had taken a serious view of the fall in quality assurance efforts at the existing off-campus centres.

In fact, in view of the criticism raised by the academic community, the former Syndicate had taken steps to stem the expansion of the off-campus centres and also to raise the quality of education provided by these centres, they said.

However, commercial interests seemed to have influenced the decision of the current Syndicate. The decision was taken against the strong opposition from government nominee, they pointed out.

80 new centres

The criticism from the left-leaning college teachers’ organisation comes in the wake of the Mahatma Gandhi University Syndicate this week to sanction 80 new off-campus centres in one go.

The university, during the past nearly three decades of its existence, had sanctioned 70 off campus centres.

These centres had come under criticism following widespread allegations of manipulations.