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Colleges urged to Specify Status on Name Boards
Fleecing of students in the name of donation is a known annual ritual in many private institutions of higher education. Worse still, even students who come to join aided colleges are lured into self-financing courses run by the same colleges, say some teachers.
To create awareness among parents and students who come for admission, the teachers said, the nameboard of the colleges should indicate clearly whether it is a government-run institution or not.
“Many students are coming to aided colleges without knowing that it is an aided institution. Hence, when management staff show the self-financing courses, poor parents pay the demanded money to get seats,” said Palanisamy, chairman of the Association of University Teachers (AUT), Kongunadu Arts and Science College unit.
Indicating the pathetic condition, he said: “At the time of admission, these colleges offer special counselling to admission seekers to choose self-financing courses.”
Kongunadu College’s AUT executive member Nagaraja said when colleges display the NAAC accreditation and other certifications they received in bold letters on their nameboards, it was not known why the college managements do not mention that they are government-aided institutions. “The colleges should publicly declare that they are funded by the government,” he said.
Speaking to Express, Prof N Thirugnanasambandam, AUT chairman of PSG College unit, said the public might not know the difference between the aided and self-financing courses. “So the institutions should have a clear board indicating it is a government-run institution,” he said.
According to an official at the Department of Education, awareness should be created among parents and students of government-aided colleges. The teachers’ association should play an effective role in this direction, the official said, and indicated that some managements “confuse the parents and students technically” and admit them in the self-financing courses.
The official also pointed out that whenever an issue was brought to their notice, they would take the necessary steps.
The AUT members urged the State government to issue orders to the managements to show clearly on the college nameboards about the college status, whether they were aided or not.
According to Kongunadu College AUT members, they had informed Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University Prof C Swaminathan about it when he was on a visit to their college.
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