A number of college teachers and government staff staged a demonstration in front of the collectorate here protesting against the State Government's move to convert government aided institutions into private unitary universities.

According to a press release from Association of University Teachers of Tamil Nadu, the provocation for the protest was the urgent select committee meeting convened in Chennai in this regard on Thursday

Employees union

Representatives of various teachers associations and also Government employees unions took part. They included members of the AUT, Tamil Nadu Government Employees Union, Tamil Nadu Medical Administrative Employees Union, Tamil Nadu Revenue Officials Association, Tamil Nadu Collegiate Education Ministerial staff Association, Students Federation of India and Democratic Youth Federation of India.