Anna varsity row heats up, Minister slams V-C, DMK stages protest

M K Surappa

Chennai: The issue of Anna University Vice Chancellor M K Surappa writing to the Centre on raising funds without its assistance is snowballing into a big row.

Today, Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam said Surappa unilaterally writing to the Union government was not acceptable and an explanation has been sought by him. “Based on his explanation, further action in this issue will be decided,” he added.

Today, DMK Youth Wing headed by actor Udhayanidhi Stalin staged a protest seeking action against Surappa.

The Tamilnadu government has sought an explanation from Surappa on his letter to the Centre on raising funds without its assistance.

Sources said that the government wanted to know how the university could raise such a huge amount.

In his letter to Union government, Surappa had reportedly said that the varsity has the capability to raise Rs 1,500 crore on its own without any assistance from the government for being declared as an Institution of Eminence.

Strongly condemning the VC’s action, DMK president M K Stalin wanted to know whether the letter was sent to the Union government after getting the consent of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Expressing shock over the VC’s act, Stalin asked how did he had the audacity to write such a letter that would affect the students and more importantly, the legacy of Anna University, especially when his term was nearing completion.


NT Bureau