The members of the Joint Action Council of the Annamalai University Teaching and Non-teaching Staff Associations have heartily greeted the passage of the Annamalai University Bill-2013 in the State Assembly on Thursday.

They took out a rally and burst firecrackers at Chidambaram to express their happiness over the State government’s initiative in bringing the university administration under its control.

Though the Bill specifically intends to wean the university away from the family hold of founder Pro-Chancellor Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar, the teaching and non-teaching staff are still holding the founder in high veneration. To express their respect and reverence to the visionary educationist, - Annamalai Chettiar, they garlanded his statue on the university premises on Thursday. Joint Coordinator of the JAC S. Mathiyalagan told The Hindu that though the university was now going through the turbulent period due to financial discrepancies, the employees were holding Annamalai Chettiar in great esteem.

Though the affairs of the university were now being well managed by the government-appointed Administrator Shiv Das Meena, the employees hope and expect that the government would sanction adequate funds to meet the monetary obligations such as payment of Pongal bonus, Dearness Allowance arrears, annual increment and so on.

He noted that there were many employees who had been serving the university on a daily wage of Rs. 40 for the past seven to eight years. The JAC was confident of the government disbursing the allowances and other monetary benefits due to the employees at the earliest.