Tamil University V-C Thirumalai quits

THANJAVUR: The registrar of the Tamil University on Friday confirmed the resignation of the varsity’s vice-chancellor, M Thirumalai. Speaking to journalists here, university registrar (I

Published: 05th May 2012 06:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:15 PM   |  A+A-

THANJAVUR: The registrar of the Tamil University on Friday confirmed the resignation of the varsity’s vice-chancellor, M Thirumalai.

Speaking to journalists here, university registrar (I/C) Parimala said, “The V-C left the university on Thursday, after intimating the higher education department about his resignation through a fax message.”

Sources said the university associations recently met with the V-C, demanding the reinstatement of four workers of the university. The V-C accepted their request and assured them that the issue would be taken up with the university syndicate.

However, a certain section of the varsity staff reportedly wanted these workers to be immediately reinstated. On Thursday, the SC/ST workers and members of the faculty welfare association stepped in and held a meeting with the V-C.

The negotiations failed and the group got involved in a war of words with the V-C. Further, sources claimed that the V-C was unhappy with the ‘increasing non-cooperation among the staff and administration’.

Thirumalai was said to have sent in his resignation letter to the government as was he irked by this ‘embarrassing’ situation.

Both staff and students of the university expressed disappointment over the V-C’s sudden resignation and have appealed to the government to intervene. Govindaswamy, a professor and syndicate member of Bharathidasan University said, “Within a short span of time, the V-C earned good regards from all sections of the university.”

Students claimed that they were free to approach the V-C anytime without an appointment and that thanks to him, the varsity, which was marred with controversies, was offered a “turn-around” plan. “After assuming office, our chancellor got necessary grants to carry out research in every department,” said a student.

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