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Association of private managements welcomes bid to upgrade colleges

Special Correspondent

Coimbatore: The Association of Management of Private Colleges has welcomed the State Government’s move to upgrade “eligible” government and private aided colleges into unitary universities. At the same time, it has sought a legislation that will protect the service conditions of teachers such as salary and retirement benefits. It should also provide adequate representation to the college managements on the Executive and Governing Boards for proper governance of their institutions.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, the president of the association, M. Aruchami, observed that this initiative of the State Government was a step towards implementing the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and Prof. Yashpal Committee to have at least 1,500 universities as against the 400-odd universities at present.

But, when some teachers’ unions expressed reservations for the proposal, the State Government referred the matter to an expert committee headed by V.C. Kulandaiswamy, former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University.

While the association has come to know that the report of the committee is ready for submission to the government, some of the teachers’ unions have declared their intention to stage protest demonstrations opposing the government move. “The college managements are naturally concerned about the proposed disruption of academic activity and its consequent impact on campus discipline.”

Hence, “in order to prevent any misinformation about this very important initiative of the State Government”, the association has sought clarity on the issue through a press release “at the earliest”.

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