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Vacancies unfilled at National College

Image result for national college trichyWITH its doors closed for over half adecade, the Philosophy department in Nation-al College is crying out for the government's intervention to commence the course again, rather than keeping it dormant forever. An RTI filed by the Association of University Teachers (AUT) with the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education (RJDCE), Tiruchy, pointed out that there are seven vacancies which have not been filled until now by the NCT management. The NCT, in 2012, stopped including the philosophy department in its academic prospectus, nor was it included in advertisements for new admissions. Back in 2012, there were six Class XII pass outs who were ready to join the philosophy course, but they were not admitted. Appeals by NCT in the Madras High Court seeking closure of the curriculum were denied by the HC which said a government-funded and aided course should not be discontinued. 'However, the appellant is directed not to close the gates of the department of philoso-phy until further orders are passed by the court,' the interim order passed by Madras High Court in 2012 said. Currently, there are two associate professors in the philosophy department but they are taking classes in other departments for Non-Major Elective (NME) subjects, including value education, environmental studies and Gandhian thoughts All representations and pleas by philosophy staff members have been in vain as NCT is yet to fill up vacancies.

S Gunasekar, an associate professor in the college and the eleventh respondent in the interim order case, alleged a link be-tween the college management and government departments, so vacancies have not been filled or students admitted to the department. The AUT Central Executive resolutions were sent to Principal Secretary of Higher Education, Directorate of Collegiate Education (DCE), RJDCE, and NCT Secretary on June 22. The members in their resolution said that students have neither been admitted in undergraduate or postgraduate-aided philosophy courses for the past five years nor existing vacancies filled. "This is nothing short of a literal closure of the philosophy department" they said.

AUT has called for urgent steps to save the department by withdrawing the DCE order and to proceed with the process of filling up vacancies at NCT, including the philosophy department, so as to comply with the 200-point roster system. An AUT member alleged the DCE has failed to consider the report on philosophy department vacancies in NCT. "How could the DCE just ignore the problem which has needed attention for the past five years? The recent reply by RJDCE is clear there are vacancies in the college which need to be filled," the member said. When contacted, K Anbarasu, Director and former principal, NCT, said the problem is now sub-judice, as only the court has the power to take matters forward and the college management has nothing to say. M M Senthamizhselvi, RJDCE, said sub-ject and academic details of students were sent to DCE and 21 vacancies allotted to NCT. "It has been around six years since four posts are lying vacant. Now the matter is in the hands of the DCE," she said. DCE J Manjula said that Tamil Nadu is divided into educational zones and all aided colleges come under the umbrella of RJDCE. "Speaking about this is counter productive, but students should first try to get admission to the college before making any judgements" Man-jula added.
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