G.O. on Higher Education Rules to be issued
The Tamil Nadu Government has informed the Vice-Chancellors of universities that a gazette notification would be issued soon as a follow-up to the new regulations on higher education notified by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“We are expecting the State Government to issue a G.O. in a month or so. Once it is done, the UGC norms can be followed with regard to all issues pertaining to higher education,” R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, said.
Replying to an adjournment motion moved by a member at the Academic Council meeting here on Thursday, he told the members that the State Government / Department of Higher Education was in the process of fine-tuning certain aspects related to higher education.
“New regulations were issued by the UGC on issues such as appointment of staff, promotions, pay revision, selection committees and affiliation of colleges. We are likely to get a notification in one month,” he said.
His reply came for an adjournment motion moved by N. Thenpandian who requested the university to look into job security for the teaching staff of self-financing colleges.
“Staff in self-financing colleges suffer a lot. Some don’t even have appointment orders, and their salaries are meagre. The university has to ensure adherence to UGC Regulations, 2009,” he said.
During a discussion on student enrolment, P. N. Narayana Raja, a college Principal, felt that enrolment of students in higher education must be increased in rural areas.
“The blanket rule on seats sanctioned for a college is becoming a hurdle. We should not say no to rural students if the target of UGC to increase higher education enrolment has to be met,” he said.
R. Srinivasan opined that self-financing colleges should not be faulted always since they functioned with available resources.
Mr. Thenpandian said that the university must sanction extra seats to colleges only if adequate facilities were available and only after a university committee conducted an inspection.
Ending the discussion, Dr. Karpaga Kumaravel said that the issue was not about sanctioning of additional seats for affiliated colleges to admit students or about staff of self-financing colleges.
“The issue raised by Mr. Narayana Raja about access to education is a complex issue with multiple dimensions. This issue is important not just for our university alone.
At the same time, we cannot compromise on quality for the sake of quantity. We have to strike a balance,” he said.