Ramadoss criticises move to accord unitary status to colleges

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Chennai, Aug 8 (UNI) Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader Dr S Ramadoss today urged the Tamil Nadu government to drop its move to accord unitary University status to some government and aided colleges and condemned the police lathicharge on students who opposed the move.

In a statement here, he said the police lathicharge on law college students in Coimbatore and Tirunelveli showed that the trend of government using the police to suppress agitations, launched to press fair and just demands, was increasing.

He said the government's decision to convert some of the government colleges and aided colleges as unitary Universities, created apprehensions in the minds of students and faculty as they feared that they would lose their rights and concessions.

As the unitary University status would virtually convert the government and aided colleges as private institutions, the students feared that they would be required to pay more fees and the faculty that they would be forced to forefeit some of their rights.

These fears were genuine and the government should drop the move immediately, he demanded and condemned the police for lathicharging students in Coimbatore, when they wanted to meet Minister for Higher Education E Ponmudi and present their case.

Education has already been commercialised in the state where the middle class people were forced to sell their properties, pledge their jewellery or go for high interest loans to pay the fees, while the poor and downtrodden quietly drop out from higher studies, he said.

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