TN Govt to Not Accept Eminence Status Given for Anna University

The Government of Tamil Nadu said that it won’t agree with the Institute of Eminence [IoE] status provided to Anna University. The reason is that it might impact the 69 percent reservation in the state-run university earlier rolled out by the former chief minister late J. Jayalalithaa ‘after a long battle.’ K P Anbalagan, the Higher Education Minister of the state said if Anna University acquires the IoE recognition then, it must stop the reservation system and the procedure could even direct to enhance in the fee structure. Anna University is the biggest technical university in Tamil Nadu.

The IoE is a recognition offered to the nation’s higher education institutions from the University Grants Commission. When asked about the reservation matter, VC at Anna University, M.K. Surappa said that the Union Education Ministry has given clarification that the previous structure of the university, including reservations, won’t be altered or affected if the IoE recognition is approved.

Giving a hint of the tension between the two sides, state Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam on Thursday said, the VC lacks discipline. The minister also asked the propriety in a VC of a state university sending a letter directly to the Center explaining the ability of a state institution to raise funds. VC also said that the state government has already asked for an explanation from Surappa for writing the letter.

Shanmugam also showed the concern that 69 percent of reservation in the university will be interrupted if IoE recognition is approved. However, the senior authorities of the state higher education department said politically that the government worries specific provisions related to the IoE status may influence not only reservation in the university but also shows an impact on the state government powers.

As per the latest sources, ‘There were no procedural issues in the V-C writing directly to the Centre. The university would have got annual funding of Rs 200 crore if the recognition was accepted.’ In 2018, the Governor Banwarilal Purohit interviewed the former director of IIT-Ropar, three shortlisted candidates, and an honorary professor at IISc, Bangalore, Surappa. He said that Anna University would become the first state university in the country to acquire the IoE status that has been approved by the state government. He further stated that most of the remaining institutions in the nation with similar recognition are central universities. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates.

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