Radio jockeys and scribes are seeking celebrities for quotes on why Madras is special. They also depend on historians for facts and figures related to erstwhile Madrassapattinam. But one part of Madras is neither reported nor documented. Kosapettai, Pudhupettai, Chindatripettai, Vannarapettai, Saidapettai, Kanamapettai, Krishnampettai and Tondiarpettai are often forgotten though these pettais have unique identities and for centuries have been hubs for specialised trades. These are the places that really allowed cultural and ethnic diversity to spread when the coastal town expanded as city.
The University of Madras syndicate has recommended the disaffiliation of three arts and science colleges in the city for not having enough teachers and poor infrastructure. University vice-chancellor G Thiruvasagam said the syndicate has recommended the disaffiliation of A A Arts & Science College, Koyambedu; J A Arts and Science College, Mogappair East, and Poonga College of Arts and Science, Uthandi.
The vice-chancellor said the syndicate decided to recommend the disaffiliation of these colleges during the last academic year. Parents and students of these colleges had been complaining about the lack of infrastructure necessary in the college and not enough faculty members to teach students across various disciplines over the last few years. A three-member team investigated the veracity of the complaints and confirmed reports that the colleges had been functioning in this manner for nearly 10 years. Students of the colleges have been admitted to other colleges.