Wake Up Call for Madras Christian College

Craze for professional courses started in 1990s. The biggest victim for the professional courses craze was erstwhile superstar colleges. Madras Christian College which churned out charming and leading personalities of the subcontinent is the worst victim for professional courses. The hit which it got is not yet set right. Very late steps were taken to diversify and modernise the courses.But it did not pay up to the mass expectations.

When qualitative students stopped coming, faculty members too started degenerating. Compounding this crisis was AUT (Association of University Teachers)- Management tussle.

Another death blow for the illustrious MCC was the total interference of the board in day to day affairs of the college.

Religion which was the central guiding force for the great scholarship development and niche craving changed. What was the life force of MCC’s popularity – Scottish Christian Missionary got overturned. The same religion has been used for few people’s personal and group agenda.

No wonder about the sick situation today. Despite having a sincere and efficient principal, Dr.Alexander Jessudasan, the MCC might have hit the worst. I think this may be an error in the paper work of UGC -MCC correspondence. But it is a great wake up call to rejuvenate the masterpiece of India’s higher education.

D.Suresh Kumar writes in The New Indian Express, 27 September 2012

The Madras Christian College (MCC), one of the oldest higher educational institutions in the country, has lost its long-held autonomous status.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has refused to extend the top ranking arts and science college’s autonomous status due to certain perceived deficiencies. “The UGC standing committee on autonomous colleges, which inspected the MCC following an application by the institution for extending its autonomous status for five years, had pointed out certain academic and financial deficiencies. Therefore, at our 487th meeting we decided not to recommend autonomous status extension for the institution,” a UGC official told Express on Wednesday.

It is learnt that the standing committee had pointed out that the college, which was among the earliest institutions in south India to get an autonomous status, had failed to apply for re-accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The college had earlier obtained the ‘A+’ rating from the NAAC, but failed to renew it.

MCC principal R W Alexander Jesudasan said he was unaware of the UGC decision to deny extension of the autonomous status. “I had received a letter from the UGC seeking certain documents pertaining to the visit of the NAAC peer team and some financial papers. I have been working on it. There is nothing alarming for now. I have sent the documents and visited the UGC office in this regard,” Jesudasan said.

However, a senior MCC professor expressed concern over the development. “We have enjoyed a global reputation. If we don’t get the autonomous status extended, it will harm our standing,” the professor said.


1 Comment

  1. scared_shit! said,

    +00002012-10-19T23:46:39+00:00312012bUTCFri, 19 Oct 2012 23:46:39 +0000 2, 2008 at 7.27 p10

    One wonders wether the college actually brought this upon itself . Recent issues such as a 6 month -1 yr silly suspension on its students, a newly instituted “ambitious” Anti Ragging Committee , financial irregularities and psudeo-infrastructure enhancement( just days before the visit of the NAAC committee) or is it all about timing ?

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