The Association of University Teachers (AUT) has condemned the decision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to privatise aided autonomous colleges in the country without consultation with the State Governments and academics. This was among other resolutions passed at the meeting of the General Council held here on Sunday.
According to a release from AUT general secretary M. Ravichandran, among the 45 colleges identified, 11 were in Tamil Nadu, either to be converted into deemed universities or degree conferring colleges. The Association perceived this as a deliberate attempt at privatisation and marketisation of higher education, which was detriment to the higher educational prospects of the weaker sections of society. The Association also planned to organise a procession in Chennai on October 26 to protest against the State Government’s inaction pertaining to a charter of demands.