TN govt to reject eminence status to Anna University

The Tamil Nadu government has reportedly decided to not accept the Institute of Eminence (IoE) status offered to Anna University, as it would affect the 69-per cent reservation in the state-run varsity, brought in by former chief minister late J Jayalalithaa “after a long battle”.

State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan said if Anna University, the state’s Tamil Nadu’s largest technical university, gets the IoE recognition, it will have to stop the reservation system, and the process could also lead to increase in the fee structure.

The Minister was commenting on the row triggered by the Anna University Vice Chancellor M K Surappa’s letter to the Centre on the University’s financial readiness for IoE status.

Speaking in the wake of the controversy and the State government’s notice to the Vice Chancellor seeking his response, Mr. Anbalagan said, Anna University did not require an IoE status if it meant loss of reservation and made the University exclusive in denying the entry of poor students.

“69% reservations will become a question mark, there will entrance exams, then a hike in fees. Amma’s government does not need all that. The Vice Chancellor’s tenure is fixed, but the government has a mandate to protect institutions for posterity,” Anbalagan said.

Meanwhile, the Anna University Incubator with the support of Atal Innovation Mission has selected 24 startups with ideas ranging from electric super bikes to a social network for food enthusiasts to incubate.

The incubator received 90 applications from faculty members, students, alumni and the public. Of the 90, the incubator filtered 49 ideas before selecting 24 for pre-incubation. The focus areas are smart society, smart health, smart agriculture, education technology, future of wealth and other areas such as security and space. The 10,000 sqft incubation facility offers sector specific labs, Fablab, pre-incubation space, incubation area, co-working area, a conference centre, spacious break out areas, an administrative office and a reception lounge.