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Non-teaching staff of MKU shifted en masse

In a major shuffle after a long gap, the Madurai Kamaraj University administration has transferred a large number of its non-teaching staff within different departments.

The move follows several allegations of corruption and irregularities in some departments, where the same set of personnel have been serving for years.

According to university sources, at least 130 staff members, including 50 regular staff and other temporary workers in the casual labour (CLR) and consolidated pay casual labour (CPCLR) categories, were transferred on Friday.

The entire non-teaching staff from the research section and the office of the Additional Controller of Examinations (ACE) in the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), from where the most number of complaints were reported in the past, have been transferred to other departments.

The university’s Syndicate in its last meeting passed a resolution to constitute a committee to inquire into complaints reported against Additional Controller of Examination M. Rajarajan and his office.

Reshuffle of all non-teaching staff was one of the key demands raised by the Joint Action Council- Madurai Kamaraj University, a coalition of teaching and non-teaching staff associations, to Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan after he took charge in January.

Previous attempt

Though a reshuffle was attempted when G. Arumugam, who has since retired, was acting as the Registrar, it was revoked when P.P. Chellathurai, the previous VC, took charge. The Vice-Chancellor said the mass transfer was done to clean up the system and infuse new blood in all departments.

Mr. Krishnan said a number of other initiatives were being taken to address problems. V.S. Vasantha, Professor, School of Chemistry, has been appointed as Research Coordinator, he said.

Highlighting that inordinate delays were reported mainly in the research section, Mr. Krishnan said that steps were being taken to automate the processes.

“We will soon have an online system, through which the scholars can track the status after submission of their theses,” Mr. Krishnan said.

Source: thehindu.com

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