Teachers allege unlawful practices

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The All Kerala Private College Teachers' Association (AKPCTA) has drawn the attention of the authorities to the practice of swapping of classes by the faculty in the aided and unaided segments in some private colleges. The AKPCTA said that the practice, if allowed to continue, will have serious repercussions on mainstream higher education system in the State.

In a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, it highlighted the practice of appointment of drawing and disbursing officers in place of principals in many colleges. It said the system was being adopted by a section of the minority managements to circumvent the directive of the Supreme Court in this regard and this amounted to allowing unauthorised persons to usurp the powers of the principal.

Association general secretary A. Prathapachandran Nair warned the authorities of `direct action' if steps were not taken to put an end to such practices.

He alleged that a section of the minority managements were administering their institutions by proxy through the appointment of drawing and disbursing officers.

Mr. Prathapachandran Nair said the usurpation of the powers of the head of the institution by junior teachers at the behest of the minority managements had the tacit approval and support of the Government and also a section of the university authorities.

The practice was highly detrimental to the discipline and academic excellence of colleges, he added.

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