Published: 16th October 2020
Anna University doesn't need Institute of Eminence status: Higher Education Minister Anbazhagan
He said the State government, which will never allow reservation and fees structure to be affected, will be able to provide the same benefits which the varsity will receive by getting the IoE status
Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K P Anbazhagan today said Anna University does not require the Institute of Eminence (IoE) status if it affects the 69 per cent reservation policy.
Talking to reporters to clarify the government's stand in the wake of Anna University Vice-Chancellor M K Surappa directly writing to the Centre stating that it did not need the Rs 1,500 crore funds for IoE status, he said the State government has decided that the varsity does not need the IoE status.
''By attaining the IoE, the 69 per cent reservation will be affected. Attaining the special status will also increase the fees,'' he added.
He said the State government will be able to provide the same benefits which the varsity will receive by getting the IoE status.
The State government will never allow the reservation and fees structure to be affected, Mr Anbalagan said.
On the controversy over Mr Surappa writing directly to the Centre, which has led to the Opposition parties condemning it, the Minister said if the Vice-Chancellor's actions were not proper, it will be taken to the notice of the Governor, who is the Chancellor of the State-run varsity.
"Action will be initiated by the State government against Mr Surappa based on his response," he added.
Mr Surappa in his letter to the Centre said the university would be able to raise the Rs 1,500 crore fund (Rs 314 crore a year) to get Institute of Eminence status.
Law Minister C V Shanmugam also took objections to the act of Mr Surappa and said explanation had been sought from him and disciplinary action would be taken.