Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No hasty decision on unitary varsity: Karunanidhi

Chennai, Dec 13 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today assured his government would not take any decision that went against the students and teachers and said the agitations by some teachers associations on granting unitary university status to two colleges was not necessary.

In a statement, he referred to the ongoing agitations by some teachers associations to oppose the State Higher Education Department's move to convert the twocolleges into unitary universities.

Referring to reports in a section of the press recalling his assurance in the state Assembly following objections by Opposition when the government tabled a Bill in this regard, Mr Karunanidhi said his assurance that the government would not act against the teachers and students still stands.

He said he had already announced that the Bill, tabled in the House, would be referred to the Select Committee which was yet to take a decision on the issue.

The Chief Minister said the Committee was scheduled to meet on December 14 but it was cancelled due to rains. he said, adding the Higher Education Department was not taking any steps to get the Bill passed.

''But some teachers associations, thinking that the Select Committee will take a decision on December 14, had in advance started launching agitations'', he said.

''The government or the Higher Education Department will not take any decisions that contradicted the assurance given by me in the House and the agitations by some teachers association are unnecessary'', he added.

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