Convinced by the assurance given by the Syndicate of Annamalai University the teaching and non-teaching staff have decided to resume duty without any pre-conditions, according to R. Udaiachandran and S. Mathialagan, convener and joint convener of the Joint Action Council (JAC).
They told The Hindu that as demanded by the JAC Registrar R.Meenakshisundaram issued an official communication dated November 17 stating that the Syndicate that met recently had given the following assurances.
“There would not be any retrenchment, the teaching and non-teaching staff would continue to get the usual salary packet; the university would approach the government for financial assistance, and a committee would be formed to study the financial situation of the university.”
The JAC office-bearers said that since all the demands of the employees were thus met they had decided to return to work. However, the JAC was fully aware that the Syndicate had not spelt out any long-term solution to the financial crisis.
The JAC was of the firm view that all new recruitments should be banned until the university recovers from the financial rut. The management should deposit the capitation fees collected from the prospective students in the university’s bank accounts.
They also said that hereafter the JAC would keep a vigil on all the affairs of the university, including admissions. It would take all out measures to wipe out corruption and malpractices in all their manifestations.
Though they hinted that malpractices did occur in the issuance of mark-sheets they declined to go into the details. They expressed the hope that the university would henceforth steer clear of all the pitfalls and take the righteous path. They also noted that the JAC had already instructed their members to put in their best to regain the image of the university as a renowned institution. They should even be prepared to work extended hours to improve quality of instruction.
Mr Mathialagan had gone on record stating that the JAC would insist on replacing the incumbent Pro-Chancellor M.A.M.Ramasamy with Higher Education Minister. Though he had stated that a memorandum would be given to Governor Rosaiah in this regard the JAC was yet to decide on the date to do so.
The JAC was not sure about who would all constitute the committee (that would go into the financial details) and how soon it would come out with a report. Yet, the former had no immediate suggestions to offer to restore the financial health of the university.
Certain staff members on the condition of anonymity said that the crisis had blown the lid off the festering maladies that had been gripping the university for the past few years.
The crisis had come as a revelation as it gave a shock treatment to the staff and the management and made both the sections to retrospect and re-think their roles.
Only by re-engineering all its activities, purging all the malfeasances and ridding of all sorts of external influence that the university could be revived to its past glory, they opined.