Clashes between Governor- Kalamandalam VC intensifies over reappointment of PRO

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Sabu Scaria/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Kalamandalam vice-chancellor Dr TK Narayanan refused to visit Governor Arif Mohammed Khan despite the latter summoning him in relation to the reappointment of PRO at Kalamandalam. Governor, who is also the chancellor, had revoked the dismissal of the PRO of Kalamandalam and issued an order to reappoint him. The VC was asked to arrive with files as the governor's order has not been carried out.

However, VC sent an email to Raj Bhavan claiming that Kalamandalam will not come under the Governor’s ambit as it is a deemed university. The VC also cited the reference of public interest litigation from the High Court. The response of VC has annoyed the Governor and an action will be taken after seeking legal advice.

The VC had already sent a reply that the dismissal of PRO was not personal but a decision made by the administrative committee of Kalamandalam. The VC had filed a case against the Governor by pointing that the Governor cannot intervene in the administration of a deemed university. Following this, the Governor sought government's opinion regarding the chancellorship of Kalamandalam. Later, VC withdrew the case when the state government remarked that the governor has the power to intervene in the matters of Kalamadalam.

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VC had suspended the PRO initially after finding that the complete funds raised at the programme conducted abroad by the PRO as the tour coordinator was not paid to the university. Though he paid the amount later, VC dismissed him claiming he is still liable for lapses. The governor had directed to reappoint the PRO after conducting a hearing on the appeal submitted by the PRO.

Soon the VC informed government that the post of PRO is not required in Kalamandalam and thereby the authority has scrapped the post. Save University campaign committee chairman RS Sasikumar had handed over a letter to the governor demanding suspension of the VC who had defied the governor.

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