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Tamil Nadu brings 14 constituent colleges under its ambit

TRICHY: Eight months after announcement by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, the state government has passed orders for converting 14 of the total 41 constituent arts and science colleges under the director of college education (DCE) into government colleges. These include four of the 10 constituent colleges managed by Bharathidasan University (BDU) which is the largest among state-run universities.
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The conversion, which would be undertaken in three phases, is being done to ease the financial burden on state-run universities in managing these colleges. For instance, Bharathidasan University which runs 10 such colleges must spend more than Rs 7 crore a year to run them. The concept of constituent colleges had emerged to meet the demand for arts and science colleges after the state government took a policy decision not to start any more government arts colleges. However, that in effect proved to be a burden for the state-run universities.

It was to relieve the universities of this burden and enable them to focus on research that the government decided to convert them into government arts colleges. The announcement in this regard was also made in the assembly by the CM under section 110. Earlier, it was estimated that the government would have to spend Rs 152 crore every year towards these colleges. But a detailed account on the total number of staff took the total spending up to more than Rs 168 crore.

Observing that conversion of these colleges at one stretch would cause huge financial burden on the state government, it has now been decided to convert them in a phased manner, the GO said. Constituent college at Lalgudi in Trichy, apart from one each in Perambalur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts will be converted in the first phase in the central region. Terming the order as a relief as the matter has been pending from June last year, BDU vice-chancellor P Manisankar said they were expecting some more clarification on various aspects of the order.

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