DMK leader MK Stalin said at a time when the Cauvery water issue was at its helm, the appointment of Surappa was not acceptable.

We ask for water from Karnataka instead get a VC Kamal slams Anna Uni VC selection
news Politics Friday, April 06, 2018 - 14:04

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan is the latest person to jump into the fray to voice his displeasure against a Karnataka native being appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University.

“We asked for water from Karnataka and we get a vice-chancellor from Karnataka instead. The gulf between people and the government cannot be more obvious. Are they taunting us so we react adversely? I wonder what their game plan is,” Kamal tweeted.

Later in the day, Kamal posted another tweet, where he clarified that the previous tweet was not a swipe at the newly-appointed VC. He listed some of his Kannadiga friends, and said that it was a "humourous quip" at the governments.

On Thursday, Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed MK Surappa as the VC of Anna University for a period of three years.

In a Facebook post late on Thursday, DMK leader MK Stalin said at a time when the Cauvery water issue was at its helm, the appointment of Surappa was not acceptable.

Stalin suggested not to saffronise Tamil Nadu universities by importing Vice Chancellors from outside while insulting the "sons of the soil".

"We ask the Governor to not belittle the scholars and academicians from Tamil Nadu by bringing people in a row from outside for various positions. There should also be no attempt made to saffronise the educational premises in Tamil Nadu," said MK Stalin in a tweet.

PMK founder S Ramadoss on Friday said the appointment does not respect the feelings of the Tamil people and was condemnable.

Ramadoss said his party would mobilise the varsity's students and protest against Surappa's appointment.

The PMK leader said when there were good educationists in Tamil Nadu, "importing" a person from another state was not acceptable.

He said no Tamilian was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, Pondicherry University and The Indian Maritime University for a long time.

Surappa had previously served as the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, for six years. A Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering, Surappa has 30 years of teaching experience of which 24 years were spent at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Read: TN parties slam posting of ‘outsider’ as Anna Univ VC, educationists say don’t politicise

With IANS inputs

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