Delay over Governor’s approval for Calicut University VC leaves govt worried
Thiruvananthapuram: A row has erupted over the appointment of new Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University as Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has delayed his nod. This has left the Left government worried, blocking the chances of their favourite candidate.
The selection panel shortlisted the names and handed it over to Governor on May 19. The panel couldn’t reach an unanimous decision and hence State Planning Board vice-chairman V.K. Ramachandran and then Chief Secretary Tom Jose had suggested the name of one person while UGC representative M. Jagdeesh Kumar, had shortlisted another.
The government favoured the MG University professor who has only days left to reach his superannuation as professor. Hence government has requested Raj Bhavan to speed up the process. Meanwhile, Governor received complaints regarding the qualification of this candidate.
However, government was not interested in the other candidate, a scientist at Central Tuber Crops Research Institute. It is alleged that his name was suggested as per Centre’s interest. As he belongs to scheduled community and the factor that there has been no VC from this community before are favourable to him.
It is reported that Raj Bhavan will decide on the scientist of CTCRI after pacifying the government.
Meanwhile, the Governor has two options either to select one from the shortlist or ask to prepare a shortlist again. If he decides on the latter, a new selection panel will have to be formed resulting in further delay in appointment.