Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu Government Collegiate Teachers’ Association (TNGCTA) and Association of University Teachers have taken “strong exception” to the “derogatory comments” made against them by the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University M. Ponnavaikko.

Welcoming the move by the Tamil Nadu Government to constitute a committee to enquire into the charges levelled against the VC, the president of TNGCTA Tiruchi-Pudukkottai Zone N. Selvaraj requested the Government to suspend the VC to facilitate the committee to probe into the charges. Demanding the VC’s suspension, Mr. Selvaraj said in a statement that the Joint Coordination Committee of the TNGCTA and the Association of University Teachers will organise a demonstration on September 30 in Tiruchi.

On the conduct of the Syndicate meeting in the university on Thursday, Mr. Selvaraj said the presence of a large contingent of police force signified that the VC wanted to create a wrong illusion in the minds of the public that the teachers’ organisations which have representatives in the Syndicate were unruly and violent. The transactions of the Syndicate had never been violently disrupted by teacher organisations in the past, he said, reiterating that the VC had, in calling in the police force, damaged the image of the teachers’ organisations.