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The Sunday Standard |   S Mannar Mannan  |   05th Jun 2016 | Opinion |

COIMBATORE: You may be a brilliant lecturer, but that is not good enough for many private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. They want you to have an additional skill—the ability to add to the student headcount. Failure to do so will have consequences, including docking of pay. That was said upfront by the principal of a private engineering college in Gobichettipalayam in a recent circular in patchy English. “As management informed already to give three admissions per staff compulsory for the academic year 2016-17. But many staff members are not given even single admission. Hence they are asked to take necessary steps for giving admission.

Otherwise their May 2016 salary will not be credited,” the circular issued on May 26 read.  “Some faculty members are even ready to spend one month salary on agents who get students, in order to save their job,” said a lecturer in a private college. “This is an additional burden on the staff,” he added. “Some colleges go to the extent of bribing school head masters to get a list of Class XII students, whom they later persuade to join their college. Sometimes faculty members are sent to other states to fish for candidates.,” he said. Recently, a private college and university in Chennai fired around 100 faculty members for not getting admissions for the institution. The college management had fixed a target of at least five admissions per staff into any department. –  Courtesy


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