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The TNGCTA leaders said although they were opposed to the conversion move, the agitation was being withdrawn in the interest of students. They did not want any further loss of working days before the beginning of the semester and arrears examinations.
The Association general secretary, V. Swami Nathan, told presspersons after a meeting of its executive that the teachers would strive to make up for the lost working days. The executive noted that even as the agitation against the move was going on, an ordinance and a notification had been issued for giving effect to the Tamil Nadu Universities Laws (Amendment) Act. Orders had been issued for protecting the existing service, pay and terminal benefits of the teachers, as well the fee structure and reservation benefits for the students.
"We do not accept the policy decision. But the strike has affected the students in the form of loss in working days and the examination dates were also nearing. We have decided to resume work in the hope that the Government would soon reconsider its policy," it noted in a statement.
The meeting, chaired by the Association president, E.P. Perumal, hoped that as promised by the Minister, there would be a review of the policy decision after a year.
`Withdraw all cases'
The meeting also wanted the Government to withdraw all cases pending against the students, and take steps to provide compensation to students injured in the police action during the strike. It also hoped that action would be taken against ruling party members who threatened the agitating teachers at Karaikudi and Pudukottai.
Meanwhile, the executive of the Government College Teachers Manram, which met in Chennai today, decided that its indefinite strike against the policy would continue.
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