TN govt seeks explanation from Anna University VC Surappa

The Tamil Nadu government has sought an explanation from Anna University Vice-Chancellor M K Surappa on his letter to the Centre on raising funds without its assistance.

The letter seeking an explanation was sent after the Union government wrote to the state government in early October again seeking an assurance that it would make good any revenue shortfall from the internal resources of the university.

The Centre’s correspondence follows an expert empowered committee considering the proposal sent by the vice-chancellor and suggesting that the state government be requested to give an assurance.

In his letter to Union government, Surappa had reportedly said that the varsity has the capability to raise Rs 1,500 crore on its own without any assistance from the government for being declared as an Institution of Eminence.

Strongly condemning the VC’s action, DMK president M K Stalin wanted to know whether the letter was sent to the Union government after getting the consent of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Recognised institutes are granted more autonomy and will enjoy better collaboration opportunities. The V-C’s direct communication to the Centre has become a political issue and the opposition parties are currently demanding his dismissal.

Also, there are fears that the IoE tag would result in the State government losing control over the premier technology institute, and the 69 per cent reservation policy in the institute would become a thing of the past.