Protest against to convert PSG Institutions into a private university

Protest against to convert PSG Institutions into a private university

The protest against the government’s move to convert the PSG Institutions into a private university is gaining momentum here with the PSG unit Of the Association of University Teachers'(AUT) is planning a series of protests.

To begin with, the teaching and non-teaching staff of PSG College of Arts and Science and PSG College of Technology have joined hands and formed the Federation of College Teachers and Employees of PSG Institutions/The Federation will organise demonstrations against the move,” said a member of the AUT.

The AUT conducted its executive committee meeting here on Saturday under the chairmanship of its president Prof P Jayagandhi, where AUT authorised its PSG unit to carry out various programmes to oppose the government move.

The AUT members will wear protest badges during all official working days at the unit level, stage a demonstration on May 30 and observe fast on June 5.

An AUT member said that they would oppose the government’s move to convert five government colleges and two aided colleges – Thiagarajar and PSG colleges – into universities.

The association also urged the state government to declare Chikkaiah Naicker (CN) College, Erode, as a government college to protect higher education in the interests of thousands of students in Erode and neighbouring districts.

It also appealed to the powers that be to permit the RJD-CE, Coimbatore, to continue the selection process to appoint 29 lecturers at the CN College that came to a standstill on the verbal instructions of certain officials in the higher education department.

It also urged the government to expedite the process to appoint a special officer for the Salem Sowdeswari College that “is being mismanaged by the incumbent management.”

 

Arts College alumni back teachers

By terming the state government’s move to convert the Government Arts College here into a university “a hasty decision”, the Coimbatore College Old Students’ Association has come out now backed the protest launched by various teachers associations.

It was a hasty decision taken without consulting the teachers association, educationists and social activists that has put the education of the poor in question,” said the association in a release.

It also said that in case the government failed to issue immediate orders to allow the college function as it is, they would join the teachers and students protesting the move.

While raising doubts over the education of the poor hailing from different communities, it asked if under graduate courses were offered, they would be affordable to the weaker sections of the society.

Criticising that the government had never bothered to ensure drinking water and toilet facilities for around 6,000 students who study in shift basis in the college, they said that there were “neither guards nor an administrative block nor an auditorium for this 156-year-old institution.”

“Let the government start a new university if they are really interested in such a move rather than converting colleges,” they-said.

They added “Though we are interested in supporting the government schemes, our opposition to convert the Government Arts College into a university is absolute.”