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MK University College Principal replaced

Shastry V. Mallady

Order received from Higher Education Secretary

MADURAI: In a sudden development, the Principal of Madurai Kamaraj University College here has been replaced by the university authorities. He has been reverted to his parent department in the university on Wednesday.

R. Madhanagopal, who served as the Principal of MKU College on Alagarkoil Road for five years, was replaced following an order received from Higher Education Secretary R. Kannan.

Loses Syndicate membership

As a fallout, Dr. Madhanagopal ceases to be a member of the MKU Syndicate since he got elected from the college Principals' constituency.

University sources told The Hindu that a written order was received from the Higher Education Secretary giving approval for reverting Dr. Madhanagopal to the Department of Political Science as Professor. J.Balan of the Department of Tourism, MKU College, has been appointed as Principal in-charge. When contacted, the Registrar in-charge M. Rajiakodi informed that there was a request from the Department of Political Science seeking the services of Dr. Madhanagopal.

“The Higher Education Secretary approved it on Tuesday and Dr. Madhanagopal was relieved of his post,” the Registrar in-charge said.

Meanwhile, a Syndicate member appointed by the Chancellor/Governor said that Dr. Madhanagopal could not be a member on both the Syndicate and the Convenor's Committee, which was formed to look after the routine functioning of the university in the absence of a Vice-Chancellor.

The Higher Education Secretary is the convenor of the five-member convenor's committee of Syndicate members formed in April. With Dr. Madhanagopal's exit, the committee too loses one member.

"I am going on my own"

“I lose my membership in the Syndicate. I am going on my own and I have done my duty,” Dr.Madhanagopal said.

With sanctioning of additional seats to affiliated arts and science colleges already becoming a controversy, the MKU staff lamented on Wednesday evening that a Principal losing his Syndicate membership could turn out to be the next hot topic.

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