Monday, April 27, 2015





BY 5.30 ON MAY 2, 2015



Sunday, March 22, 2015




DHARUMI  AND  Prof. SAMUEL  LAWRENCE write .........

Now, what is more worrying is the way certain government agencies are letting down the college.

The Societies Registration Department seems to play a lead role in this nasty business of legalizing the illegal.  What they have been doing can be quickly summed up in three stages as follows:

i)                    When the Madurai District Registrar’s office was approached for certain documents relating to the college they said they had sent them to the Inspector General’s Office in Chennai to help the ongoing inquiry into the disputes regarding the Governing Council of the American College and would give the documents after the inquiry was over.
ii)                  While maintaining that the inquiry was not yet over they also stunned our friends by giving in writing that no document relating to the American College Governing Council was available either with the District Registrar’s Office, Madurai or the IG’s Office, Chennai.
iii)                As NO DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE with the Registration department of the government they say they are going to get copies from the Society / Governing Council [apparently the one convened by Dr. Davamani Christober] and RECONSTRUCT the files on the American College!!!

It’s dizzying to see the ease and impunity with which people say such strange things in response to queries under RTI and still pretend that everything is all right, or, even if something is wrong no one is responsible for it.

Besides the repeated petitions from our friends to the authorities of the Registration department, our advocate has also sent a notice [dt. November 27, 2014] to  both the District Registrar, Madurai and the IG, Chennai stating: “Missing of records related to an 131 year old reputed educational institution in Tamilnadu from the office of the District Registrar and IG, Registration is shocking and unacceptable—that too when the society is under cloud”. The notice also asks the authorities to keep in abeyance the Form-7 presented by Dr. Christober alongside the proposed “reconstruction” of the American College files till issues relating to the governing council are settled legally.

Prof. Suriya Kumar and Dr. Rajendra Pandian attended the ‘Governing Council’ meeting convened by Dr. Christober on December 20, 2014 and reportedly raised several issues starting with that regarding its legality.

Dr. Anbudurai’s writ petition before the Madras High Court [with a prayer to direct the IG, Registration to finalize his report on the management dispute of the American college] was disposed of on Jan 20, 2015 without expected relief. However, the order acknowledges that our representation [dt. October 10, 2013] made to the IG, Registration is still pending and we are at liberty to approach the authority [once again] in this regard.

Despite Dr. Davamani Christober’s delaying tactics and court manipulation, the cases filed against the Principal and his Council are expected to gather pace.

We learn that yesterday Dr. Christober left for the US on an official trip. 
He, who literally broke into this office with the help of rowdy elements led by his father-in-law [Late Bishop Asir]; unleashed unprecedented violence on the protestors and their properties on campus; did and is still doing serious tamperings, manipulations and other illegal things in order to distort truth and make the retrieval of the college impossible, believes after all that he has the legitimacy to represent The American College!!

Do our valuable associates abroad who will be his hosts these days share that belief?


Thursday, January 22, 2015

J.V. ... A YEAR HAS PASSED ............

14.1.2015 – a year has gone since the demise of Prof. J. Vasanthan. He has left to us so much of his artistic wealth, mainly lovely and live line drawings.  The treasure cove was so high, nearly 2500 drawings. Of these 70 drawings were kept in an  art gallery for a weak, from 9th to 14th of January for the Madurites to see and enjoy. I have got some of them as photos and given in this post for you to enjoy.

In addition to the gallery, there was a meeting to refresh his memories in the evening of 14th at the Chamber of Commerce. 

A documentary on JV was at the end of this meet. It remains still a mystery why JV never even tried to popularise all his talents and works. Many of his art pieces, both his drawings and writings were so new to all.

Ashraf Bhagat, an art critic was able to recognize and appreciate JV’s art. Some excerpts from her note:

‘Works of JV are more than just lines.’

‘As a film critic he had prolifically critiqued cinemas in India and the West.’

‘ …. those layers of emotions that were stashed away deep within his subconscious never to be verbalized found a catharsis in his art particularly in the rendering of the countenances of ordinary being whom he encountered in his daily life.’

‘Vasanthan in his wide ranging cartoons, illustrations, and caricatures brilliantly captured the emotions and feelings, contextualizing within the political, social and cultural milieu in which they were situated.’


‘His delineation of faces whether it was of Christ, an old man or a poor farmer was enormously evocative and poignant, with eyes expressing deep pain and sorrow – an inevitable ubiquity read across most of his works.’

‘The pen and ink sketch of Gandhiji with his head bent over the walking stick is almost personalized and very poignant. …  This particular posturing evolved by Vasanthan conceals and reveals the magnitude of emotions in the body language.’



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I am fortunate to have three of his drawings with me. The one I have given here is the laminated picture of my elder daughter, drawn more than  35 years ago, always proudly reminding me of my good fortune for being a good friend of him for so long …………




Friday, August 22, 2014





The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday ordered notice to The American College Principal M. Davamani Christober in a quo warranto writ petition questioning the authority under which he was holding this post.

The petitioner, D.Samuel Lawrence, claimed that Mr. Christober was not qualified to be the Principal.


அமெரிக்கன் கல்லூரி முதல்வருக்கு 

எதிராக வழக்கு

மதுரை அமெரிக்கன் கல்லூரி முதல்வரை பதவி நீக்கம் செய்யக் கோரிய வழக்கில் உயர் கல்விச் செயலர் மற்றும் அதிகாரிகளுக்கு நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்ப உயர் நீதி மன்றம் உத்தரவிட்டது.

மதுரை திருப்பாலையைச் சேர்ந்த டி.சாமுவேல் லாரன்ஸ், உயர் நீதி மன்ற மதுரைக் கிளையில் தாக்கல் செய்த மனு:

மதுரை அமெரிக்கன் கல்லூரி முதல்வர் எம். தவமணி கிறிஸ்டோபருக்கு, பல்கலைக் கழக மானியக் குழு விதிப்படி கல்லூரி முதல்வராக பணியாற்ற தகுதியில்லை. அவர் கல்லூரி முதல்வராக நியமனம் செயல்படுவதற்குரிய கல்வித் தகுதி, அனுபவம் பெறவில்லை. தவமணி கிறிஸ்டோபரை முதல்வராக நியமனம் செய்ததை செல்லாது என அறிவிக்க வேண்டும். அவர் முதல்வராக செயல்பட தடை விதிக்க வேண்டும். கல்லூரியில் பணிபுரியும் ஆசிரியர்கள், ஆசிரியர்கள் அல்லாத பணியாளர்களுக்கு கல்லூரி கல்வி இணை இயக்குனர் நேரடியாக சம்பளம் வழங்கவும் உத்தரவிட வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு மனுவில் கூறப்பட்டிருந்தது. 

இந்த மனு நீதிபதி கே.கே. சசிதரன் முன் விசாரணைக்கு வந்தது. மனுவிற்குப் பதிலளிக்க உயர் கல்விச் செயலர் உள்ளிட்ட அதிகாரிகளுக்கு நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்ப நீதிபதி உத்தரவிட்டார்.

தி இந்து, ஆக 24


Sunday, July 13, 2014

7 MKU Syndicate members to quit from committees


7 MKU Syndicate members to quit from committees

Seven Syndicate members of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here on Sunday decided to resign from various sub-committees formed by Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan. They will hand over their resignations in the VC office on Monday.

Their decision comes in the wake of the Vice-Chancellor on Saturday removing Syndicate member M. Rajarajan from all sub-committees as he openly questioned certain incidents on the varsity campus.
The tussle between the Vice-Chancellor and the Syndicate members now looks to become a full-fledged battle.

There has been uneasy calm on the university campus ever since the Madras High Court Bench had set aside the Vice-Chancellor’s appointment on June 26 which was subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court for a period of six weeks.

“We have prepared our resignation letters to step down from the sub-committees. The next course of action will be decided in a couple of days,” Dr. Rajarajan told The Hindu on Sunday after a meeting with his Syndicate colleagues.

The university has several sub-committees comprising Syndicate members to deal with issues relating to appointments, establishment, research, hostels, finance and disciplinary action among other things.
Dr. Rajarajan said he received a registered post and an e-mail from the Vice-Chancellor informing him that he was relieved of the responsibilities as member of sub-committees.

“The happenings in the university in the past two weeks are causing a lot of concern. I was removed form the committees as I aired by opinion publicly and differed with the Vice-Chancellor,” he added.
Syndicate members who are stepping down from the university committees are Dr. Rajarajan, R. Kannan, V. Venkataraman, K. Selvakumar, Murali Pakshirajan, K. Pitchumani and P. Periakaruppan.
“In the last one week, there was no communication between us and the Vice-Chancellor. We are hoping that the Governor will intervene. It is sad that Dr. Kalyani Mathivanan is being ill-advised by the coterie around her,” two senior Syndicate members lamented.

They also regretted that unilateral decisions were taken in the absence of Syndicate members.

Complaint to NHRC about Kalyani Mathivanan’s “victory rally”


Complaint to NHRC about Kalyani Mathivanan’s “victory rally”

A complaint has been made to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) about the Madurai Kamaraj University for making school children wait in scorching heat to shower flower petals on Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan, when she arrived on the campus on July 7 after obtaining an interim stay in Supreme Court of the order quashing her appointment as Vice-Chancellor.

Changeindia, an organisation working for equity and rule of law, has urged the NHRC to enquire into this “brazen incident” which put tender children to torture by forcing them to participate in the celebration which resembled an election victory rally.

“The administration of MKU and her supporters organised a reception on July 7 from Madurai airport to the university when the Vice-Chancellor returned after obtaining an interim stay in Supreme Court. A large number of young children of MKU Nursery and Primary School were brought and made to wait on both sides of the road inside the varsity campus under scorching sun to shower flower petals on her. This is nothing but gross cruelty,” A. Narayanan, Director, Changeindia, Chennai, said in his complaint.
He observed that the school management was also guilty of allowing children to be taken away during school hours on Monday to an unrelated event and that too without the permission of parents. The complaint appealed to the NHRC to take up the matter with the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, School Education, to ensure prompt action on those who violated child rights. Mr. Narayanan had enclosed the video of “victory celebration” and newspaper clippings citing them as prima facie evidence.

Seven Syndicate members of MKU appeal to Governor


“Ensure Kalyani Mathivanan does not take policy decisions”


Seven Syndicate members of MKU appeal to Governor

Seven Syndicate members of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here have urged Governor K. Rosaiah to ensure that Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan does not take policy decisions till the Supreme Court disposes of her appeal against the Madras High Court order which set aside her appointment.
In a joint letter to the Governor-Chancellor, they said that the VC should be made to look after only day-to-day administration and not take long-term decisions such as appointments or nominations.
“She should not be allowed to convene the Syndicate meeting also. The situation in MKU needs the intervention of the Governor to prevent further complications in the university,” they pleaded.
The signatories were R. Kannan, M. Rajarajan, V. Venkataraman, K. Selvakumar, Murali Pakshirajan, K. Pitchumani and P. Periakaruppan.

“The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on June 26 passed orders on a writ of quo warranto against the appointment of Dr. Kalyani Mathivanan as MKU Vice-Chancellor. Her appointment was set aside since she had falsely projected herself as professor and head when she was actually only an associate professor and head. Later, she went on appeal to the Supreme Court and obtained interim stay,” the Syndicate members said.

They brought to the notice of the Governor that Dr. Kalyani Mathivanan, after getting an interim stay from the Supreme Court, reoccupied the office of Vice-Chancellor on July 7 with much fanfare and negative publicity, which was unbecoming of an academic head.

“In the event of the stay being vacated, then de jure the appointment would not be valid from June 26. To avoid legal complications, she should not be allowed to convene the Syndicate meeting or take policy decisions till the Civil Appeal (CA No.5496, 5497 of 2014) she has preferred is finally disposed of by the Supreme Court,” they said in the letter dated July 9.

Dr. Rajarajan told The Hindu on Saturday that all the seven members were united in their stand to save the university and firm that the VC should not bypass the Syndicate and take decisions, especially on matters of appointment. He objected to the VC’s decision to nominate two persons of her choice as Syndicate members and also issue appointment letters to associate professors and assistant professors.
The Madurai Kamaraj University Faculty Association (MUFA) too shot off a letter to the Governor on Friday requesting him to set aside the nomination made by the VC during the six-week interim stay period.