: After a stiff protest and fast by the teaching and non-teaching staff, the Government has re-instated P.N. Premalatha as registrar in-charge of the Mother Teresa University here on Tuesday.
An order was issued to the university by the Government after the first meeting of conveners of the Committee of Executive Council of Mother Teresa University held in the chamber of Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, in Chennai at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The letter stated that the issue of registrar in-charge was discussed and it was unanimously resolved that outgoing Vice-Chancellor Aruna Sivakami did not have any authority to change the registrar in-charge on the day of her laying down her office.
The council also decided that the absence of teaching and non-teaching staff between April 19 and 26 will be dealt with prevailing rules of the university or the government, the letter stated.
The meeting was participated by K. Ganesan, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, Anitha Praveen, Secretary To Government, Expenditure, Finance Department, and A. P.P. Thamizhkodi, Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Chennai.
Earlier, Dr. Premalatha had also filed a case in the High Court praying stay for the order. The Court stayed her relieving order and also reappointment of new registrar. Mrs. Aruna Sivakami had ordered Dr. Premalatha to take the relieving order immediately without giving any valid reasons on the last day of her office on April 19. She also appointed A. Kalaimathi, Director in-charge, Directorate of Distance Education, Chennai, as Registrar in-charge. When the Vice-Chancellor pressurised Dr. Premalatha to issue a check for huge sum for automation work, she refused to sign the cheque, alleged the teaching staff. In a fit of anger, the VC roped in Dr. Kalaimathi to sign the cheque, alleged university teachers.