The Status of MSU Colleges: A Study of the System, the Students, and the Teachers
Access to Higher Education is more a desire than a right. Every institution that offers higher education has limitation pertaining to the number of seats per course, availability of classrooms, labs, and other infrastructure. Therefore, more number of institutions - colleges and universities - are said to be required to cater to the demand. In spite of establishing 40,000 colleges in the nation, we still find inadequacy, as statistics point to just one-fourth of the potential learners have the access to higher learning. Although the Report of the National Knowledge Commission points to the failure of the college system against the university system, the universities in Tamil Nadu are shrouded with controversies as a day to day basis putting the viewpoint of the Commission upside down. Universities were established to remain as role models to the public in fostering moral values and national ideals. This can be effectively done only through establishing the link with the deprived sections of the society. At the same time, the limitation of resources and demand for specific subjects has to be taken into consideration. Way back in the year 2000, the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University located in Tirunelveli established its first college at Sankarankovil with undergraduate courses such as English Literature, Commerce, Business Administration, Mathematics and Computer Science.
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