Thursday, 22 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

2012: TN 12th Exam Time Table announced

Higher Secondary Examination - March 2012 - Time Table

Tamil Nadu 12th Exam Time Table 2012, Schedule of HSC (+2) Exams March 2012

The news from official source Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Examination for the year 2011-2012 start at 8th March 2012. Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Education Board announced the plus 2 examination starting date its 8-03-2012. The complete schedule of 12th Examination time table has been announced today.

+2 Students had been waiting to check their state board examination dates in Tamil Nadu. Some days back Government of Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examination announced that HSC 2011-12 year examination will start in March 2012. 

Last year Tamil Nadu HSC 2010-11 examination was conducted form 2nd March 2011 to 25th March 2011. You can find the latest time table for Tamilnady (TN) State Board and Matriculation examinations.

Tamil Nadu Plus two examinations held on next year march 2012. There are 7 lakhs and 75 thousands students appeared for +2 examinations in 2010-11 year in 1850 examination centers.

Tamil Nadu Plus two HSC time table 2011-12 year:

8th-March-2012 (Thursday) - Tamil 1st Paper

9th-March-2012 (Friday) - Tamil 2nd Paper

12th-March-2012 (Monday) - English 1st Paper

13th-March-2012 (Tuesday) - English 2nd Paper

16th-March-2012 (Friday) - Physics, Pshychology, Economics
 
19th-March-2012 (Monday) - Mathematics, Micro Biology, Botany,Neutrician & Diets

20th-March-2012 (Tuesday) - Commerce, Department subject, Home Science, Geography

22nd-March-2012 (Thursday)- Chemistry, Accountancy, Typewriter

26st-March-2012 (Monday)- Zoology, History, Basic Science, Business Maths, Biology

28rd-March-2012 (Wednesday) - Commuicative English, Indian Culture, Computer Science, Bio Chemistry , Special Language

30th-March-2012 (Friday)- Political Science, Statistics and Nursing (General)

For downloading the Time Table from the Official Website at: http://www.tn.gov.in

TN 12th Exam Time Table 2012 announced

Higher Secondary Examination - March 2012 - Time Table

Tamil Nadu 12th Exam Time Table 2012, Schedule of HSC (+2) Exams March 2012

The news from official source Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Examination for the year 2011-2012 start at 8th March 2012. Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Education Board announced the plus 2 examination starting date its 8-03-2012. The complete schedule of 12th Examination time table has been announced today.

+2 Students had been waiting to check their state board examination dates in Tamil Nadu. Some days back Government of Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examination announced that HSC 2011-12 year examination will start in March 2012. 

Last year Tamil Nadu HSC 2010-11 examination was conducted form 2nd March 2011 to 25th March 2011. You can find the latest time table for Tamilnady (TN) State Board and Matriculation examinations.

Tamil Nadu Plus two examinations held on next year march 2012. There are 7 lakhs and 75 thousands students appeared for +2 examinations in 2010-11 year in 1850 examination centers.

Tamil Nadu Plus two HSC time table 2011-12 year:

8th-March-2012 (Thursday) - Tamil 1st Paper

9th-March-2012 (Friday) - Tamil 2nd Paper

12th-March-2012 (Monday) - English 1st Paper

13th-March-2012 (Tuesday) - English 2nd Paper

16th-March-2012 (Friday) - Physics, Pshychology, Economics
 
19th-March-2012 (Monday) - Mathematics, Micro Biology, Botany,Neutrician & Diets

20th-March-2012 (Tuesday) - Commerce, Department subject, Home Science, Geography

22nd-March-2012 (Thursday)- Chemistry, Accountancy, Typewriter

26st-March-2012 (Monday)- Zoology, History, Basic Science, Business Maths, Biology

28rd-March-2012 (Wednesday) - Commuicative English, Indian Culture, Computer Science, Bio Chemistry , Special Language

30th-March-2012 (Friday)- Political Science, Statistics and Nursing (General)

For downloading the Time Table from the Official Website at: http://www.tn.gov.in

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

TN: Trimester system in Schools from next academic year

Trimester system in Tamil Nadu schools from next academic year

PTI

CHENNAI, December 13, 2011

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier announced that the trimester pattern would reduce the

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier announced that the trimester pattern would reduce the "physical strain" on students. File photo

In a bid to bring relief to school children from carrying an overload of books, Tamil Nadu government will introduce trimester system in schools for classes I-VIII from the next academic year, 2012-13.

"As per the existing system, students are forced to carry books which have portions meant for the whole year. Children are literally burdened with books. The enrichment of knowledge along with syllabus revision have resulted in increased volume and size of the books and the physical strain the children undergo," a School Education department release said Tuesday.

In a Government Order dated December 9, the department said a solution for the problem was to introduce trimester pattern, as announced by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in August in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

According to the proposed system, the academic year would be divided into three terms between June and April and existing books suitably divided into three parts.

"The rationale for introducing the trimester system is to create a school where teaching and learning is valued with an emphasis on learning outcomes demonstrated in students' performance. A well-designed curriculum through thinner books along with creative instructional practices will form the key to success," the GO said.

A trimester pattern would allow for more interactive and collaborative experiences and included provisions for immediate feedback and helping those students that lagged catch up with others, it said.

"Large time and the smallness of the term books motivate students to work together in a sportive and friendly manner avoiding cut-throat sense of unhealthy competition among peers... Balancing the core classes over three terms allows for less stress on students," it said.

The teachers, for their part, need not rush to cover lessons, the GO said, adding the "trimester system coupled with comprehensive and continuous evaluation method will certainly mark a qualitative leap as far as the education of children is concerned." Ms. Jayalalithaa had announced that the trimester pattern would reduce the "physical strain" on students.

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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Teachers thank CM for notifying RTE Act

Teachers thank CM for notifying RTE Act

STAFF REPORTER

TIRUCHI, December 1, 2011

Step paves way for providing quality and compulsory education to all children of school-going age

The Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers' Federation (TNESTF) has thanked Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for notifying enforcement of the Right to Education Act, thereby paving way for providing quality and compulsory education for all children of school-going age.

Federation General Secretary N. Rengarajan and president K.Kamaraj expressed happiness over the State being in the forefront to implement the Act for educational development. They wanted the State government to issue appropriate government orders to safeguard the rights of children.

The Federation, they recalled had conducted a massive demonstration involving participation of about two lakh teachers during February 2007 demanding implementation of RTE Act, and extracted commitment from the Centre for setting right discrepancies and introducing it at the earliest.

FIVE YEARS TIME

Owing to the efforts of the association, the amendment was incorporated into the Act in 2009, and since then, the Centre has been prevailing upon all State governments to implement the Act. Though the impact should be created in five years time, many States have not responded positively.

Notification of RTE in Tamil Nadu would accord a thrust to enrolment of children at primary level, retaining them, preventing them from dropping out, besides expanding scope for teacher appointment, maintenance of teacher-student ratio, infrastructure development of school, creating the right hygiene facilities for girls, construction of compound wall, and bringing in stipulations for private schools.

The Act also specifies salary of teachers in private schools on par with their central government counterparts. The Act specifies that children should not be affected mentally or physically.

TNESTF

The TNESTF has also welcomed the constitution of school management committees with adequate representation for public and parents. The new committees, according to the Federation, will help in streamlining the huge revenues of private schools in the interests of teachers who hitherto used to receive meagre salaries.

The Federation also felt that there was no need for the government to reimburse tuition fee for the 25 per cent of students the private schools are expected to admit from poor socio-economic background.

The Act ensures that only qualified candidates must be appointed for posts of teachers and that unqualified teachers will have to complete B.Ed within five years, the Federation pointed out, and stressed on deserving salaries for teachers and not pressurising them to carry out other tasks.

Meanwhile, the All India Primary Teachers' Federation (AIPTF) has emphasised that students enrolment should not be missed for want of birth certificate.

Provisions in the Act to prevent commercialisation of education should be implemented, making use of the legal mechanisms.

S. Eswaran, AIPTF General Secretary said.

Mr. Eswaran, who is also the General Secretary of SAARC Teachers' Federation and Vice-President of Education International thanked and appreciated the Chief Minister for notifying RTE Act.

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Monday, 21 November 2011

RTE: 25% quota for poor pupils in Private Schools?

TN Govt. notified the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules Act, 2011 vide G.O. Ms. No.173 dated 08th November, 2011 as detailed below:

Also read the related stories

(1) G.O Ms No. 174, dated 8th November, 2011: The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules Act, 2011 – Notifications – Issued:

(2) G.O Ms. No. 173, dated 8th November, 2011: Related Notifications - Issued:http://www.tn.gov.in/gosdb/gorders/sed/sedu_e_173_2011.pdf

(3) Get Tamil Nadu Text Books Online at: http://www.textbooksonline.tn.nic.in


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

TN Govt. notified RTE Rules, 2011

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Dinamani epaper

Children in State can now claim right to education

LIFFY THOMAS and M. LAVANYA

CHENNAI, November 16, 2011

With the notification of rules under the RTE Act, Tamil Nadu has taken an important milestone in ensuring education for all children between six and 14 years of age. File photo: K.R. Deepak
With the notification of rules under the RTE Act, Tamil Nadu has taken an important milestone in ensuring education for all children between six and 14 years of age. File photo: K.R. Deepak

State notifies rules; public suggestions incorporated

The State government has finally notified the rules under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

While the notification was published in the Government gazette dated November 12, the rules were displayed in the public domain (www.tn.gov.in) on Tuesday evening.

With this, the State has taken an important milestone in ensuring education for all children between six and 14 years of age. Education activists and civil society were worried about the long delay in notifying the rules, and Tuesday's announcement was a cause for celebration as key provisions of the landmark legislation can now be implemented.

Notifying the rules meant a lot for every stakeholder responsible for a child's education. "It means action will follow on all important points in the Act, something we have been urging for quite some time. It also means filling gaps in the original Act," said K. Shanmugavelayutham, convener, Tamil Nadu Forum for Creche and Childcare Services (TN-FORCES).

The publication of the rules also means that all children can now claim their right to education. "Without the State notifying the rules, though the Act was in place, the rights could not be claimed by a child," said Aruna Rathnam, Education Specialist, UNICEF.

After the draft rules of the State government were published, activists, non-government organisations and members of the civil society came forward with suggestions, some of which have been incorporated in the notification.

These include giving more teeth to the School Management Committee and local bodies, defining 'children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections' and providing clarity on school mapping, which is essential to identify neighbourhood schools where children can be admitted.

There was some disappointment, however, that the rules do not specify the manner in which schools ought to select students from the disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in their neighbourhood, to the extent of 25 per cent of the strength of their Class I or pre-school, as required under Section 12 of the Act.

At least 20 States have already notified their draft rules, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The notification of the rules would mean that there would be more control over private schools, feel educationists.

LOCAL AUTHORITY EMPOWERED

In the draft rules, responsibilities such as ensuring that children attend school and establishing neighbourhood schools were vested with the 'Local Education Authority' and the State government. But the rules notified empower the local authority to do so. "This would mean that the power would shift from bureaucrats to local bodies," said education activist S.S. Rajagopalan.

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Also read the related stories

(1) G.O Ms No. 174, dated 8th November, 2011: The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules Act, 2011 – Notifications – Issued: http://www.tn.gov.in

(2) G.O Ms. No. 173, dated 8th November, 2011: Related Notifications - Issued: http://www.tn.gov.in

(3) Get Tamil Nadu Text Books Online at: http://www.textbooksonline.tn.nic.in

Also read the related stories

Workers' children to get free education

K. T. SANGAMESWARAN

CHENNAI, November 16, 2011

Three children of casual workers who were prevented from entering the classroom as they did not pay the school fees, can now attend classes thanks to a Madras High Court order.

The court has directed the authorities to supply free books and uniforms to the children. It was open to the schools to claim the fee payable by the petitioners' children from the government under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RCFCEA). The petitioners K. Sivakumar and P. Mohan, said they belonged to the Scheduled Caste community and were daily wage earners. While Mr. Sivakumar's son Latchumana Kumar was studying in class I in Ramakrishnan Matriculation School, Veppur in Cuddalore district, the sons of Mr. Mohan, M.Vishnu and M. Sathya, were studying Standards VI and IV in Bharatha Vidyalaya Matriculation School, Thandalam Thiruporur in Kancheepuram district. The petitioners alleged that their children were not allowed to enter the classroom as they had not paid the school fees. They were not provided uniform and free textbooks as announced by the Tamil Nadu government, till date.

The petitioners' counsel, M.Pari, contended that under the RCFCEA, every child up to 14 years was entitled to get free and compulsory education in the neighbourhood school, even in unaided schools.

Children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections had also been included in the legislation for the purpose of free education. The rules had not been issued by the Tamil Nadu government directing the unaided managements to reserve 25 per cent of the strength for weaker sections without collecting any fee.

Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar said since the petitioners were poor, they were unable to pay the school fee. He directed both the schools to allow the three children to attend classes. He also gave the further directions. The schools could claim the fees after getting further orders from the court. The court has posted the matter for November 21.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

SC: Provide toilets in govt schools by Nov. end

Provide toilets in govt schools: SC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, October 18, 2011: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments and union territories to provide toilet facilities for girl students in all its schools by November-end. A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari gave directions to the states, asking them to take immediate steps and file a compliance report before the court. The court also said if the states faced any problem in providing the facility, they should make temporary toilets for girls by November-end.

Permanent toilet facilities, however, have to be provided in the government schools by the year-end.

"It is imperative for the governments to provide toilet facilities to students. Parents would not the send a girl child to school if there is no toilet. We direct all states and union territories to provide toilet facilities by November 30. In case it is not possible, then temporary structure be made and permanent construction must be done by December 31," the bench ordered.

The SC order came on a public interest litigation (PIL), seeking its direction to governments to provide basic facilities of drinking water and toilets in schools.

It was also apprised about the fact that all states, except Uttar Pradesh and Jammu&Kashmir have made adequate arrangements to provide potable water in schools.

Two weeks time was given to the governments to take steps for providing drinking water to the students studying in their schools.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

SC raps JK for poor drinking water, toilet facilities in schools

SC raps JK for poor drinking water, toilet facilities in schools

Last update on: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Mecca time 

Govt asks officials to submit ATRs by Oct 25

RAJEEV SHARMA

Jammu, Oct 6: Under attack from Supreme Court for its failure to ensure basic facilities in government primary schools, the state government has toughened its posture, asking the officials of PHE, Rural Development Department, School Education Department and all deputy commissioners to submit "Action Taken Report" on improvement in government-run schools by October 25.

The Supreme Court has set October 31 as the deadline for the state government to either explore the possibility of permanent supply line of portable water in the schools where the facility of drinking water is not available or make alternate arrangement for providing potable water to children in uncovered schools.

It has also said that condition of providing the potable water and toilet facility for boys and girls separately was the prerequisite for granting permission or affiliation to the private schools by the government and Board of School Education (BOSE). 

According to official figures, 3431 out of total 21695 elementary schools in Jammu and Kashmir don't have drinking water facility while 9517 schools lack proper toilet facility for boys and girls. At least 6394 elementary schools have common toilets being shared by boys and girls.

Out of the 21,695 schools, there is no electricity facility in 19984 schools while 20663 institutions lack computer facility, the official date revealed further.

Ironically, 7,576 out of total 11,429 government schools, including High and Higher Secondary schools in Jammu division, comprising 10 districts don't have toilet facilities for students, particularly girls.

At least 63 out of total 296 Government Higher Schools (upto 12th standard) in Jammu don't have toilets for students while 202 out of 602 Government High Schools (upto 10th standard) also lack toilets for students and staff members.

Official figures say that out of total 2938 Government Middle schools in Jammu division, 1417 don't have toilet facility while 1648 schools also lack drinking water facility.

Similarly, out of total 7593 Government Primary Schools (upto 5th standard), 5353 don't have drinking water facility while 5894 schools lack toilet facility. 193 Government High Schools and 49 Government Higher Secondary Schools is short of the water facility.

Pertinently, the Supreme Court, in a Public Interest Litigation (writ) titled Environmental and Consumer Protection Foundation versus Delhi Administration and others directed the Standing Counsel for the States and Union Territories to provide necessary information to the Court and ensure that basic facilities such as drinking water, toilets, electricity etc are made available in all the primary schools forthwith.

CASE HISTORY

On April 29, the Commissioner/Secretary Education Department filed an affidavit in the court mentioning that there are 21,695 government schools in the State of J&K, out of them, 18264 schools have drinking water facility and provisions are being made to make available the facility in the remaining 3431 schools.

6394 schools have common toilets, 3537 schools have separate toilets for girls and 2247 schools have toilets for boys, 1711 schools have electricity facility, 4405 schools have boundary walls and 2755 schools have ramps facility for children with special needs.

At that time, the Court directed the state to provide the facility of drinking water in all the government schools on or before May 31, 2011 and other infrastructural facilities in the schools be provided as early as possible, in any event, within six months.

During the Executive Committee meeting of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Chief Secretary of the state directed the Public Health Engineering Department to work out a plan in consultation with the education department for providing drinking water facilities in the identified schools.

On August 9, the Supreme Court of India observed that it was indeed unfortunate that the states of UP, Bihar, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir had yet not complied with the order in toto. There were many schools where there was no provision of drinking water. The Court directed the concerned Chief Secretaries of these States to ensure that portable drinking water is made available in all the schools of their respective States on or before September 15, 2011 and an affidavit to that effect be filed by the Chief Secretaries of the States on or before September 20.

In case, for any reason, this facility is not provided by any State, then the concerned Secretary of the State would remain present in Court on the next date of hearing on September 22, the court ruled.

On September 12, the matter was further discussed in the meeting held by the Chief Secretary and it was observed that despite the fact that schools are identified and funds were available under different schemes, the court directions were getting implemented on ground. It was also observed that in the field there seems to be lack of coordination among different agencies.

The Chief Secretary advised the officials that a special drive would be launched in all the districts for implementation of court directions for providing portable drinking water in the identified schools not having the facility at present. This drive would be coordinated and monitored by the DDCs in their respective districts.

The government further filed an affidavit on the basis of the decisions taken in the meeting.

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Saturday, 3 September 2011

புதுச்சேரி தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் கட்டணம்

தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் கட்டணம்: சட்டசபையில் காரசார விவாதம்

செப்டம்பர் 03,2011,00:00  IST

புதுச்சேரி : தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் கல்விக் கட்டணம் தொடர்பாக சட்டசபையில் காரசார விவாதம் நடந்தது.

சட்டசபையில் நேற்று கேள்வி நேரத்தில் நடந்த விவாதம்

அன்பழகன்: புதுச்சேரி மாநிலத்தில் தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் கல்விக் கட்டணத்தை முறைப்படுத்த அரசு எடுத்த நடவடிக்கைகள் என்ன...

அமைச்சர் கல்யாணசுந்தரம்: தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் உள்கட்டமைப்பு வசதிக்கேற்ப கல்விக் கட்டணம் வசூலிக்கப்படுகிறது. இதை ஒழுங்குபடுத்துவதற்காக சட்டசபையில் மசோதா கொண்டுவர மத்திய அரசின் ஒப்புதல் பெற நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட்டு வருகிறது. இதனிடையே, ஐகோர்ட் ஓய்வு பெற்ற நீதிபதி தலைமையில் குழு அமைப்பது பரிசீலனையில் உள்ளது.

அன்பழகன்: இந்தக் கேள்வியை 10 ஆண்டுகளாக கேட்டு வருகிறேன். குழு அமைக்கப்படும் என்ற பதிலே தொடர்ந்து அளிக்கப்படுகிறது. குழு அமைப்பதைத் தடுப்பது யார்... தமிழகம், கேரளா, மேற்குவங்கம் போன்ற மாநிலங்களில் தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் கல்வி கட்டணத்தை அரசு நிர்ணயம் செய்துள்ளது. புதுச்சேரியில் ஏன் கட்டணத்தை அரசு நிர்ணயிக்கக் கூடாது... கட்டணத்தை அடிக்கடி உயர்த்துவதால் பெற்றோர்கள் பாதிக்கப்படுகின்றனர்.

முதல்வர் ரங்கசாமி: பெற்றோர்கள் தங்களது பிள்ளைகளை அரசு பள்ளிகளில் ஏன் சேர்க்கக் கூடாது... நல்ல கட்டடத்தில் அரசு பள்ளிகள் இயங்குகின்றன. நல்ல ஆசிரியர்கள் உள்ளனர். தனியார் பள்ளிகளில்தான் சேர்க்க வேண்டுமா... ஒரே பள்ளியில் சேர வேண்டும் என அனைவரும் செல்வதால் அவர்களுக்குச் சங்கடம் ஏற்படுகிறது. அரசு பள்ளிகளில் பிள்ளைகளைச் சேர்க்க வேண்டும் என்பதை வேண்டுகோளாக வைக்கிறேன். கல்வி கட்டண நிர்ணயம் தொடர்பான கருத்தை அரசு பரிசீலிக்கும். 

லட்சுமிநாராயணன்: அரசு பள்ளிகளின் தரம் என்ன, என்னன்ன பிரச்னைகள் உள்ளது என பாருங்கள். பாதிக்கும் மேற்பட்ட மாணவர்கள் தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் படிக்கின்றனர் என்பதை கவனிக்க வேண்டும். கல்வி கட்டணம், மாணவர் சேர்க்கை தொடர்பாக சட்டம் கொண்டு வர மாநில அரசுக்கு உரிமை உள்ளது.

முதல்வர் ரங்கசாமி: அரசு பள்ளிகளில் மாணவர்கள் அதிக மதிப்பெண் எடுக்கின்றனர். முதலிடம் பிடிக்கின்றனர். தனியார் பள்ளிகளில் அப்பா டாக்டரா, அம்மா தலைமைச் செயலகத்தில் வேலை செய்கிறாரா என பார்த்து சேர்க்கின்றனர். அரசு பள்ளிகளில் யார் வேண்டுமானாலும் சேரலாம்.

லட்சுமிநாராயணன்: அரசு பள்ளிகளின் தரத்தை உயர்த்தினால் முதல்வர் பேசுவதற்கு அவசியம் இல்லை.

அன்பழகன்: கட்டணம் நிர்ணயம் தொடர்பாக சட்டம் கொண்டு வாருங்கள்.

முதல்வர் ரங்கசாமி: இதுதொடர்பாக குழு அமைக்கப்படும்.

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Thursday, 1 September 2011

HC: Cases filed by 14 deemed universities dismissed

Cases filed by 14 deemed universities dismissed

MOHAMED IMRANULLAH S.

MADURAI, August 31, 2011

University Grants Commission entitled to continuously impose conditions, says High Court

The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a batch of writ petitions filed by 14 deemed to be universities and the Tamil Nadu Deemed Universities Association challenging the University Grants Commission (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010 aimed at enhancing the quality of the institutions by reducing the involvement of family members of the founder-presidents of educational trusts or societies in the management of the institutions.

Justice K. Chandru dismissed the batch of petitions after holding that trusts or societies, which applied for grant of deemed to be university status and had willingly executed a memorandum of association agreeing to abide by the guidelines issued by the UGC from time to time, could not wriggle out of their solemn commitment to carry out such directives. The judge further held that the UGC, being a watchdog body, was entitled to continuously impose conditions to make the petitioners as institutions of higher learning.

"Having established an institution through a trust or society, there is no concept of founder of the trust or the founder having power to bring his own family members. On the contrary, once a trust is established, the role of founder is not that of a proprietor but to maintain the objectives and ideals for which the trust was formed. If the founder happened to be a trustee, then he is only a trustee for the foundation and not proprietor of the said trust," the judge said.

He rejected the argument that founder-presidents had invested a huge amount of money in creating trusts or societies and hence their family members could not be prevented from holding the post of Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors.

Proprietary right

"The argument based on proprietary right clearly undermines the nature of institution that has been created. The intention of the trust or society to start or run a deemed university is for the purpose of running educational institutions of higher learning and not to have either direct or remote control over the said institutions," the judge added.

He pointed out that such control by the family members would negate the very purpose of learning and jeopardise the autonomy of the institution besides leading to an undesirable result as found out by a review committee appointed by the Centre. The review committee had pointed out that the number of deemed universities had risen from just seven in 1970 to 130 at present of which 87 institutions had obtained the university status between 1991 and 2000.

The committee found that the Board of Management of a large number of deemed universities were totally controlled by the family members of sponsoring trust/society. Such dominance of family members and relatives brought undesirable practice for the management architecture of the universities, the committee said. It had also pointed out that out of 130 deemed to be universities, only 38 justified their continuation as deemed universities. Not even one of the present petitioners was among the 38 universities.

"Therefore, the regulations have been made with a view to set a standard in higher education. They cannot be found fault with. It is not as if with the implementation of the UGC regulations, the future of the deemed universities will be doomed. The argument made is in desperation. Far from any such catastrophe, it will only increase the prestige of such institutions.

"If one takes a look into the creation of universities such as Yale or Harvard one can never see the founders' families having say in such matters. They are run with professional expertise and headed by eminent educationists. Autonomous educational institutions run by the educationists and patronised by philanthropists (individual or corporate) will alone go a long way in bringing academic excellence and they will churn out real human resource for the betterment of this nation," Mr. Justice Chandru observed.

SRM University, Hindustan University, B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Sathyabama University, St. Peter's University, Sri Ramachandra University, Kalasalingam University, Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, SASTRA University, Vinayaka Mission's University, Bharat University, Saveetha University, VIT university and Vels University had filed the present batch of writ petitions.

They were aggrieved against the regulations which stated that the Chancellor of a deemed to be university should be an eminent educationist or distinguished public figure other than the president of the trust or society or his close relatives.

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