RTI reveals MU has no details of faculty qualification of self-financed colleges
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the Madras University has not conducted separate inspections to find out the qualifications of faculties in self-financed colleges.
Before considering any college for affiliation, the university is required to appoint an inspection committee to check the infrastructure and the staff facilities of the colleges but the reply to the application shows that no inspection has been conducted to check the qualification of the faculty since 2009. This is despite the fact that the university guidelines specifically make periodic inspections necessary. The RTI reply also says that the university doesn’t have the details of the faculty qualifications in the affiliated self-financed colleges. The reply also mentioned that since 2009 the university hasn’t pulled up any college for charging higher than prescribed fee or for paying less salary to the faculty than the prescribed one. The university also stated in the reply that no staff has been penalized for misconduct during examinations since 2009.
However, as per the Association of University Teachers there are several teachers with high qualifications who get only Rs. 4,000 per month and that many teachers are being hired on contract basis with questionable qualifications.