College teachers' forum hails repealing of Act

Special Correspondent

"It will end chaos on government college campuses"

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers' Association (TNGCTA) has welcomed the State Government move to repeal Tamil Nadu Universities Amendment Act 2002, which deals with the conversion of all Government arts colleges into constituent colleges of the respective universities. The previous regime had amended the Act, in a bid to attract more University Grants Commission funding. With the repealing of the Act, status quo ante has been restored in 671 colleges in the State, the TNGCTA said in a press release here. The decision to repeal the Act was conveyed to a TNGCTA delegation that met the Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi on June 9, the release said. The Government would also take efforts to convert all self-financing courses started by universities in these colleges into aided courses.

"This move will give enormous relief to thousands of parents, who have to shell out substantial money every year and [will end] the chaos on government college campuses," the release added. TNGCTA has also welcomed the move in ending the ad hoc appointment of guest lecturers by appointing regular lecturers.