The preparation of the draft Statute for the Thiruvalluvar University is nearing completion, P. Gunasekaran, Vice-Chancellor said on Wednesday.

Talking to newspersons at the University campus in Serkadu about 20 km from here, Dr. Gunasekaran who completed one year of his three-year tenure on Tuesday said that the Thiruvalluvar University which was functioning without a Statute for the last 10 years has been following the Statutes of the Madras University. After he assumed charge as V-C, he constituted a committee to prepare the Statues for the University. While the committee met twice, in view of the expiry of the tenure of some of the members, the committee was re-constituted, with the Law Secretary as one of the members. Three meetings of the re-constituted committee were held. The final proposal would be submitted to the Governor and Chancellor of the University for approval, he said.

The V-C said that since the inadequate faculty strength for the various departments stood in the way of the University obtaining the 12-B status under the University Grants Commission Act in order to entitle it get UGC grants, the University completed the recruitment of the faculty in February this year. The University, which had seven departments, needed at least the minimum requirement of faculty, i.e., one professor, two associate professors and three assistant professors in each of at least five departments. Requests were made to the government for additional posts for the departments and re-allocation of posts between departments. After obtaining the sanction of the posts from the government, the process of recruitment began in November 2012. It took three months to complete the recruitment.

While 12 faculty positions were filled, four posts could not be filled for want of qualified candidates. These four posts were advertised in April, and the 12-B application was prepared and submitted to the UGC. In May, the UGC informed that all the seven departments in the university should have the required faculty strength. Therefore, sanction for the four positions in the remaining departments was obtained through the Finance Committee and Syndicate. These positions were also advertised and subsequently, fresh application for 12-B was prepared and submitted to the UGC in July 2013. It is likely that the UGC committee would visit the university within three months, and approval of the committee would take another three months thereafter. In order to meet the UGC mandatory requirement of accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the Thiruvalluvar University submitted the letter of intent online to the NAAC, Bangalore. The assessment is likely to take place before the end of the year.

Dr. Gunasekaran said that the Syndicate has approved the establishment of College Development Council and the post of a Dean for the council. For the first time after the establishment of the University, 14 members from among the teachers were nominated to the Academic Council and one professor of Thiruvalluvar University nominated by the Chancellor to the Syndicate on the recommendation of the V-C, all for a period of three years with effect from December 4, 2012.

For the last 10 year, the varsity has been following the statutes of Madras University

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