The controversy over sanctioning of additional seats for specific courses in the affiliated arts and science colleges of Madurai Kamaraj University has taken a new turn.
Colleges, which are seeking additional seats have now been asked to appeal to the Department of Higher Education for necessary remedial action even as the admissions are currently going on and there is a huge demand for some first year undergraduate courses.
The MKU authorities had cited technical reasons for not being able to provide additional seats.
“It is mandatory to pass a resolution in the Academic Council of the university recommending specific percentage for such increase of seats for an academic year.
For the year 2011-12, the Academic Council did not adopt any such specific resolution for sanctioning additional seats,” M. Rajiakodi, Registrar in-charge, MKU, said in a press statement here on Monday.
He said that the Conveners' Committee, in the absence of a regular Vice-Chancellor, had to conduct only the day-to-day administration of the university and it was not empowered to take any policy decision.
“Now, in the absence of a specific resolution of the Academic Council and Senate, the sanctioning order sent to a few colleges already may not be valid as claimed by teachers' associations. Therefore, the Higher Education Department decided to examine the MKU case and come out with a policy decision on additional seats in the interest of students and to protect the quality standards of higher education,” the Registrar in-charge said.
Dr. Rajiakodi has appealed to the affiliated colleges to approach the Department of Higher Educationfor necessary remedial action.
Meanwhile, the university sources told The Hindu that the MKU authorities are now sending a tabulated datasheet on the additional seats sanctioned during previous years to affiliated colleges over and above the originally sanctioned strength for meeting the demand from students for specific courses.
This year, the arts and science colleges in Madurai region are witnessing rush for admission to B.Com., BBA, B.Com.(CA), B.A.(English) and various other courses. Each college has made a request to MKU for more seats depending on their requirements.
“Our university is sending the data to top Department officials in Chennai. Higher Education Secretary R.Kannan too is aware of the issue and a decision will be taken in two or three days,” a professor in the university said when contacted.
The issue of sanctioning additional seats was discussed in detail during the visit of the Secretary to the university here on Saturday where he chaired a meeting of the Convenors' Committee.