CHENNAI: Higher education minister K.P. Anbalagan has urged the vice-chancellors of all the state universities to stay away from corruption and not to bring any disrepute to their institutions.
K.P. Anbalagan who is also the pro-chancellor of universities, chaired the review meeting for vice-chancellors at Tamil Nadu Higher Education Council in Chennai on Friday.
Sources said the minister and secretary Sunil Paliwal have pointed out that the arrest of A. Ganapathi, vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University in Coimbatore has brought a bad name to the higher education department.
“The meeting was called to discuss only the routine affairs of the universities. In view of the Coimbatore incident, I have advised the vice-chancellors to function in a fair manner to avoid unnecessary criticism,” higher education minister K.P. Anbalagan told this paper.
“We are conducting registrars meeting every month and vice-chancellors meeting in alternate months to review the schemes and projects. But, registrars and vice-chancellors have attended this meeting,” he said.
Other issues like delay in evaluating the PhD thesis also taken up for discussion. “There were different reasons for the delay in evaluating including not getting the suitable foreign examiners. The issue was discussed in detail at the meeting and each university has come up with their reasons for the delay,” one of the Vice-Chancellors who attended the meeting told this paper....