Mahatma Gandhi University is heading for a major crisis financially, administratively and academically, unless the State government takes immediate steps to stem the deterioration, according to the MG University Employees’ Association.
Association general secretary K. Sherafuddin said here on Saturday that the university needs Rs.89 crore this financial year to meet the payment of salary and pension benefits.
Ban on appointments
However, this year’s non plan grant from the government stood at Rs.45.28 crore.
The wide gap is tided over by diverting the funds from statutory payments including Provident Fund and other expenditures.
While the government had lifted the ban on appointments, the decision to entrust the State Public Service Commission with appointments has not been followed up with the necessary amendments.
As such, for all practical purposes, the ban still exists in the university.
Though there was no increase in the number of permanent employees, the workload had increased manifold after the delinking of pre-degree, he said.
The number of affiliated colleges had gone up from 100 to 286; statutory departments to 16 and off the campus centres to 76. Along with this, credit and semester system introduced right from the Undergraduate stage has put additional burden on the employees.
This additional workload is being served through temporary hands, which in turn has affected the quality of service, especially in those of confidential nature, Mr. Sherefuddin said.
The association leaders alleged that the UDF government, which removed the earlier Syndicate through an ordinance, had also done away with the autonomy of the university by introducing Doctrine of Pleasure in the administration.
According to them, while the syndicate has been weakened, the UDF has also brought in elements to protect the interests of private self-financing professional colleges to weaken the university-run institutions.
The stand taken against the School of Medical Education to help private paramedical institutions during the admission process had affected the viability of university-run self financing institutions, he alleged. “This will have far reaching implications for the financial viability of the university,” he said.
Association vice-president P.C. Sukumaran said the annual conference of the association scheduled for October 9 and 10 will discuss the issues in detail and declare an agitation against the State government’s apathy towards the university.
The conference will be inaugurated by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
J. Lekha, vice-president, and K.P. Sreeni, joint secretary, were also present at the press conference.
Lack of permanent staff is affecting the quality of service at the varsity, says the employees’ forum.