Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Panruti S. Ramachandran, an alumnus of Annamalai University, has said that the university was facing financial problems owing to mismanagement. The university has got a wide network of well-placed alumni all over India and abroad. Therefore, to stem the rot that has set in the university he has called for putting in place a mechanism on the lines of the Industry Regulation Act.
Mr. Ramachandran had an academic career in the university from 1953 to 1959. In the intermediate course (1953 to 1955), he obtained university rank and took B.E (Electrical Engineer) degree with distinction.
It was then the practice of the university to confer “Honours” degree on students who obtained distinction during study period. Mr. Ramachandran obtained an overall percentage of 70 that earned him B.E (Hons) degree. Recalling his university days, Mr. Ramachandran said that in those days Annamalai University was held in high esteem because of illustrious Vice-Chancellors.
It had produced several leaders , including K. Anbalagan, Pazha. Nedumaran, Nedunchezhiyan, Mathialagan and S.D. Somasundaram.
Of them, Mr. Nedumaran and Somasundaram were his contemporaries in the university.
The then Vice-Chancellor of University of Madras S. Sathikh was his classmate and room-mate.
Asked about the kind of mechanism he had in his mind, Mr. Ramachandran said the model of Pachaiyappa’s Trust could be followed. When the Pachaiyappa’s Trust was facing problems, the Madras High Court appointed former Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan as its administrator. Mr. Seshan had been endowed with financial and administrative powers to run various colleges of the Trust and also entrusted with the responsibility of conducting elections to the Trust Board.
Mr. Ramachandran said that taking a cue from such a development, the management of Annamalai University could also be handed over to an able administrator who could not be influenced by machinations of the management.