Soon after taking charge as Vice-Chancellor of the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Dr D Shantaram said that he intended to follow all the existing norms that did not affect students and their welfare.
Speaking soon after the formal investiture was held at the varsity, he said, “If any of the practices and norms affect students then we will have to discuss it thoroughly before making suitable changes,” he said diplomatically. It may be recalled that the university has been grappling with controversy with the tough moves taken by the previous vice-chancellor pertaining to the exam evaluation guidelines.
Though the controversial marking system, that many considered the low point of the former V-C’s regime, still remains in effect, it remains to be seen if it will be retained or scrapped for the next schedule of exams. Addressing a broader spectrum, Shantaram said that primary research was to be a keen focus under his charge and students of the university would be encouraged to continue the same. Fostering partnership and research ties was essential, said Health Minister Dr VS Vijay. Earlier, another former V-C Dr CV Bhirmanandham advised Shantaram to be “friendly with the students” and not treat them like cross border terrorists or hostiles.