Anna University has advised affiliated college managements to not terminate faculty members who hold interdisciplinary degrees, but to allow them to work in any one of the “relevant departments”.

The decision was taken following representations from a few teachers, who were told that they did not fulfil the All-India Council for Technical Education norms. 

“We received calls from a few college managements asking if they should let go of such faculty,” said M. Madhusoothanan, Affiliations Director at the university. 

According to the AICTE norms, a faculty member should have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the same subject. 

But a candidate may have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Production Engineering. 

Or it may be a bachelor’s degree in ECE and a master’s degree in CSE.