Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Wednesday said the proposed University Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022, is aimed at widespread nepotism in admission process in higher education institutions in the state.
They are changing the selection committee for vice-chancellor to appoint their relatives in university vacancies. I will take a suitable decision when the bill comes to my consideration, said Khan, hinting he may sit on it forever.
The government is also fearing he may not sign it. If the Governor refuses to sign and sends it back, the government can resend the Bill and Khan will be obliged to sign it. However, if he decides to avoid it, the government will be in trouble. The Constitution does not set a time limit for the Governor to decide on a Bill.
It may be noted that the selection committee is to choose a vice-chancellor. The Governor will continue as the Chancellor of the university and he can continue to act against irregularities in the institutions.
The bill will be tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday by higher education minister R Bindu.
The Governor also reiterated his comments against historian Irfan Habib. He had called Habib a "street goonda" on Tuesday. He said the state government did not act on the matter and register a police case.
Khan said the woman who was in the dais used abusive language against him. They were sure the government would not take any action, said Khan.