Annamalai University

Nearly a year after the Tamil Nadu government took control of the 84-year-old Annamalai University, which had plunged into a financial and administrative mess, its former pro-chancellor M A M Ramaswamy moved the high court challenging the state action.

The university as of now has 35,000 students and 49 departments. Noting that the state government took over the university after the latter approached it for payment of pending grants, Ramaswamy said he had been deprived of his powers in utter disregard for the statute.

The first bench comprising acting Chief Justice R K Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan ordered notices to the state government as well as the Union human resources development ministry. It adjourned the matter to November 11 for further hearing.

Ramaswamy assailed the legality of the state government’s Annamalai University Act, 2013. The legislation sought to remove the rights conferred on Ramaswamy, who was chosen as chancellor by the founder’s family.

Ramaswamy said the university had an accumulated deficit of 272.6 crore, besides a liability of 238 crore. Blaming the central and state government policies and implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission-recommended salaries as reasons for its poor financial health, Ramaswamy said attempts were being made to blame him for the financial difficulties. (TOI)

 

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