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Directorate of Technical Education directs Anna University to stop harassment of faculty- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

CHENNAI: In order to provide some relief to the faculty of private engineering colleges, the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE) has directed Anna University, the state’s affiliated university of engineering colleges, to ensure that colleges do not harass their faculty by offering them salary or overload to refuse them with work.

The leads follow a complaint filed with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after the suicide of a teacher at a private engineering college in Erode. The complaint states that the teacher did not receive a salary from the college, which caused him severe mental depression and eventually led to suicide. When the NHRC heard about the matter, it had requested a report from DoTE.

DoTE has instructed Anna University to strictly ensure that teachers are not asked to seek students for admission in order to get their salary. The university has also been mandated to ensure that private colleges do not seize original certificates while recruiting and follow transparency in the recruitment process and provide them with a salary according to AICTE standards.

In a letter dated August 29, Commissioner for Technical Education, G Laxmi Priya wrote to the Registrar of Anna University to make surprise visits to private technical colleges to verify that directions are being followed. The university has also been asked to check whether the universities of applied sciences maintain the teacher-student ratio, so that faculties are not overloaded by a shortage of teachers.

“We recently conducted an inspection and found that the teacher-student ratio was not maintained in many colleges. We will conduct regular surprise checks to address the anomalies,” said a senior Anna University administrative official. DoTE also recommended helping teachers deal with routine workloads, in addition to organizing stress-relief programs such as yoga for teachers and students.

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“The moment they give work, many private colleges promise a sum, but later they only pay a part of it. To ensure that the teachers do not leave the job, their original certificates are confiscated. Teachers were asked to forcibly admit students to colleges. Everyone was aware of the problem, but nothing has been done about it so far. I am pleased that DoTE has taken the matter seriously,” said KM Karthik, founder of All India Private Colleges Employees Union (AIPCEU).

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