Staff Reporter

They are also against the menace of capitation fee

Coimbatore: The Association of University Teachers (AUT) of the PSG College of Arts and Science Unit has vowed to fight the proposed move to grant unitary university status to private institutions and also the menace of capitation fee in the name of donations from the ensuing academic year onwards.

N. Thirugnanasambadam, Chairman of the AUT PSG Unit in a release took strong exception to the statement of the Private College Management Association welcoming the proposed move on the part of the Government to convert aided colleges into unitary universities. Further, the AUT also condemned attribution by the association that such a move would find favour with the teaching community, if the salary and retirement benefits of the colleges are taken care of. The AUT and JAC had never sought any clarity or doubt over the implications of the proposed unitary universities in Tamil Nadu. Because, the uniform reaction of all political parties to the introduction of PSG and Thyagaraja Bill, when it was presented on the floor of the Assembly had already shed substantial clarity on the issue.

Mr.Thirugnasambandam also dubbed the aided colleges that were awaiting the conferment of unitary university status as retailers of commercialisation of education. If the status of unitary university was to be conferred on them, they would become wholesalers of education, he alleged. Mr.Thirugnanasambandam said that despite laws State and Centre continue to be silent spectator of the capitation menace in the State. Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE) that prevails over some of the self-financial colleges and deemed universities for minor violations in admissions remains silent over collection of capitation fee. If public funded institutions were to be converted into unitary universities, the public would stage a mass protest against the gross social injustice.

AUT ridiculed those who pose as saviours of teachers and pretend to champion the cause of higher education. Prof.Yashpal had called these types of institutions as shops and never recommended university status especially in places where there was no centre for higher learning. The proposed unitary universities are going to be unilateral universities in disguise, he concluded.