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The Tamil Nadu Federation of University faculty Associations has demanded that all Vice Chancellors should declare their assets on university's website. The federation is demanding full details of VCs during pre and post-tenure periods in order to bring in transparency in the education system. The Association held a state-wide agitation on March 10 to protest against the alleged corruption in appointment process of V-Cs in Tamil Nadu. A press release from S Krishnaswamy, Convenor, TANFUFA, said it had already taken up the issue with the Governor by bringing the issue of corruption to his notice on February 15. 2011. The statement said “the open secret of corruption that prevails with respect to appointments in universities starting from recruiting faculty members to nomination of members to Senate/Syndicate to appointing Vice-Chancellors. The Day of Protest on March 10 is to stop corruption in higher education.” The release also points out that candidates with little experience in research work and administrative skills are being appointed in various state universities. The association is demanding that UGC rules should be followed which asks for the highest level of competence and institutional commitment in candidates to be appointed as Vice-Chancellors. The Vice-Chancellor should be a distinguished academic, with a minimum of 10 years experience as Professor in a university system or 10 years experience in an equivalent position in a reputed research and / or academic administrative organization. “Time and again there are reports in the air that money plays a crucial role in VC appointments. For an eminent academician like Prof. M. Anandakrishnan to call the university system scandalous because of the commercialisation of the appointment of Vice-Chancellors is but a sad reflection of the state of affairs,” Dr. Krishnaswamy said. TANFUFA was concerned that VCs had come under the scanner of Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption police and CBI.

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