Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Representatives of aided faculty from the three colleges of the PSG Group – Arts and Science, Medical and Technology – have said that the reason for the dissent of the other group is because of “fear of the unknown”. Speaking to presspersons on Wednesday, they said that the majority of the teachers of all three institutions were showing solidarity in PSG becoming a unitary university.

They urged the other group not to be apprehensive about the outcome of the university status. PSG will not victimise its teachers, they asserted. J.S. Bhuvaneswaran, Head, Department of Cardiology, on behalf of PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, said 100 per cent of the staff and students favoured the government move to make PSG institutions a university.

Faculty members R. Sampathu and R. Nadarajan (both aided faculty) of PSG College of Arts and Science and PSG College of Technology respectively said the colleges could not deprive the entitlements of aided teachers as they were legally bound to execute them. Also, the government had assured the teachers that their salaries and benefits would continue. Regarding the powers of the Chancellor being ‘absolute’, R. Nandagopal, Director of PSG Institute of Management, said that it was a common terminology and was not exclusive to the proposed PSG University.