Govt to challenge governor’s appointment of Prof Ciza Thomas as VC-in-charge of KTU

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Kochi: Kerala government will move the high court against the appointment of Prof Ciza Thomas as temporary vice-chancellor of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Thursday appointed Prof Ciza rejecting the government's recommendation to hand over the responsibility to state higher education principal secretary Ishita Roy IAS.

The supreme court had in October sacked Dr Rajasree MS, VC of KTU, citing violation of UGC norms.

The government had objected to the appointment of Prof Ciza citing the university act of 2015, which states that the charge of VC must be given to the pro-VC or the higher education principal secretary in case there is no permanent vice-chancellor. Since the UGC regulation does not specify on appointing a temporary VC, the university act must be followed, it argued.

The government also had opined that the appointment was violation of the deputation rules and she did not seek permission of the government before taking up the new duty.

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