Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Vice-Chancellors are constantly under political pressure, according to the former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University and chairman of Madras Institute of Development Studies, M. Anandakrishnan.

He was delivering the keynote address in a discussion at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University here on Friday on ‘National Knowledge Commission – Implication Vs Implementation of Recommendations’.

Dr. Anandakrishnan, quoting the NKC’s recommendations on reforming the existing universities, said the appointment of Vice-Chancellors must be freed from direct or indirect intervention on the part of government, for it should be based on search processes and peer judgement alone.

The NKC should consider elimination of political control over students, faculty members and administration of universities, Dr. Anandakrishnan said.

While supporting the establishment of private universities in the country, he made it clear that they should be “not for profit” like some of the private universities in the United States, “which are hosting excellent researches and producing outstanding students” without any profit motive.

Board sought

The former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, V.C. Kulandaisamy, said a Central Board of Undergraduate Education should be created at the State-level and the postgraduate programmes and all research activities moved to the university premises. While a populous country like China could allocate 10.10 per cent of government grant for higher education and the German government could earmark 17 per cent, institutions India could get only 2 per cent, which should go up substantially to ensure better infrastructure required for researches, he opined.

“Obtain ideas”

Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Cynthia Pandian, said the NKC should get the ideas of distinguished educationists of Tamil Nadu.