‘Probe corruption in Thiruvalluvar University’

Members of TNGCTA send memorandum to Governor

Members of the Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association (TNGCTA), belonging to four government colleges in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Gudiyatham and Cheyyar, conducted a signature campaign and sent a memorandum to the Governor seeking a thorough probe by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption into the alleged corrupt practices in Thiruvalluvar University.

The memorandum have been signed by 148 teachers of the four colleges – Muthurangam Government Arts College, Vellore, Government Arts College, Tiruvannamalai, Government Thirumagal Mills College, Gudiyatham and Government Arignar Anna Arts College, Cheyyar.

The TNGCTA urged the Governor to direct the DVAC to conduct a probe to “weed out corruption” in the university. They said the university had been indulging in corrupt and unethical practices in conducting semester examinations and evaluation. The issues were raised with the officials of the university but of no use.

Incomplete evaluation

The association said that in the November/December 2017 semester examination, it was found that only 65% of the total answer scripts of all subjects were evaluated. Prior to this, in the April/May 2017 semester exams, about 1,650 arrear papers of students, who had already completed their course but could not complete their arrears after three to four attempts, were declared as pass by the university. They alleged that money was collected for each paper.

The university, they said, had been outsourcing the examination work to a private company for ₹2.49 crore for a semester since 2013 in violation of rules. Earlier, the university used to spend ₹15 to ₹20 lakh for the examination work – starting with generation of hall tickets to issuing degree certificates.

The association also said the university, without proper approval of the Syndicate, collected ₹1,300 for Ph.D. guides. As per the Syndicate’s decision, only ₹2,000 should be collected for submission of Ph.D. synopsis and thesis. But the university was collecting ₹15,000 from students for the purpose, the association wrote in the petition.

There were also complaints that the office of the Controller of Examinations “deliberately prolonged” the Ph.D. viva voce for some candidates. For the last one year, there was no regular Registrar and Controller of Examinations for the university.

The association also noted that there were many cases of appointments of ineligible candidates as faculty members in the university. They submitted bogus certificates and misrepresented facts in the application forms.

The association said that as first of the series of democratic protests, the signature campaign has been conducted to seek the Governor’s intervention to make the university free from corruption.

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