Taking strong exception to Anna University, Coimbatore offering arts and science courses in Engineering colleges, resulting in huge vacancies in the Arts and Science colleges, Bharathiar University today asked it to stop its move to offer more courses. The very existence of many arts and sciences colleges was threatened, due to this attitude from last year, by which at least 77 per cent of seats in Arts and Science colleges remained unfilled, University Vice-Chancellor, Prof.G Thiruvasagam said.
Briefing reporters on the deliberations of a meeting of Senate members, principals of various colleges, affiliated to the University, held on Dec 31 last, Thiruvasagam said that a delegation would soon meet the Anna University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Radhakrishnan, to express the difficulties being faced by the colleges due to this move. A memorandum would also be sent to the State Govenment to take necessary action, he said.
Though the meeting suggested that arts and science colleges could also offer engineering courses, the unnversity did not want to enter into any confrontation with Anna University. Last year alone 12,000 UG students were admitted to Arts and Sciences courses in Anna University, Coimbatore, and if this trend continued other four Anna Universities in the state would also follow suit and majority of arts colleges would have to be closed, Thiruvasagam said.