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MGU Syndicate decisions anger Left service bodies

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Hike in allowances and perks of members raises the hackles

KOTTAYAM: The controversial decisions taken by the Mahatma Gandhi University Syndicate on Friday regarding the allowances of Syndicate members have drawn severe criticism from Left service organisations.

According to sources, Syndicate members on Friday decided to enhance their own allowances drastically. As per the new decision, the travel allowance has been hiked to Rs.7 a km from the present Rs.4 when they travel by road. They can also now avail A/C train fare instead of the first class fare they were enjoying so far. The ceiling of 50 km for compulsory halt has been increased to 200 km. Dearness allowance has been increased from Rs.125 to Rs.150.

The sources have said that it has also been decided to do away with the `cumbersome' voucher system for Syndicate members. The system has been streamlined and they can now avail reimbursments on self-declaration. Those who visit the off-the-campus centres of the university in Gulf countries have been given a daily allowance of Rs.750 in addition to the air fare, even though, the visits were financed by the off-the-campus centres.

Nursing college

It has been decided to start classes during the current academic year at the proposed Nursing College at Pala, being set up under the School of Medical Education. However, the sources point out that this decision was taken after the body had lost its quorum. According to them, the Syndicate needs 10 members for having its quorum. On Friday, the Syndicate member G. Satyan had walked out of the meeting following a verbal clash with his fellow member Kurias Kumabalkkuzhy. Another member who was present in the forenoon did not attend the meeting in the afternoon, when the decision on the nursing college was taken.

The Syndicate has also decided to set up a sub-committee to look into the possibility of extending the grading system at degree and postgraduate levels. The committee will be headed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

The Syndicate has decided to seek explanation from the Principal of St Berchmans' College, Changanassery, for accommodating 45 students for the MBA programme when the sanctioned strength was only 30.

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