VELLORE: “I am happy I was able to bring some positive changes to Thiruvalluvar University that benefiting the student community,” noted Dr P Gunasekaran, vice-chancellor of the Thiruvalluvar University who retires on Wednesday (July 22) after three years at the helm.
Dr Gunasekaran assumed office on 23 July 2012 as the fourth vice chancellor of the university and leaves after a three-year stint.
Briefing reporters on Tuesday at the campus on the improvements he brought in, he said that obtaining the 12-B status for the university that opened up the floodgates of assistance from the government and other agencies in the country was his most cherished accomplishment.
On his recommendations, eight members of academic standards were nominated to the Planning Board of the university for the first time since its inception in 2012. Fifteen teachers of the university were also nominated to the Academic Council, while two professors and three eminent scholars were nominated to the syndicate of the university.
Another landmark was the filling up of 22 teaching staff and 54 non-teaching staff. He was also able to conduct elections to the academic council and syndicate to elect members from among the principals and teachers of the affiliated colleges during his term. For the first time, electronic transfer of fees from the colleges, full automation of the examination system, online registration of students, submission of internal marks and computerized hall tickets were introduced by him.
The V-C also reconstituted 54 boards of studies of various subjects to design syllabi for UG and PG courses. The University for the first time obtained the much needed recognition from the Department of Science and Technology, to avail funds for the improvement of science and technology programme and from the UGC for creating a sports facility.