D Litt row: Kerala University syndicate backs VC, states not interested in locking horns with anyone

chancellor Prof. VP Mahadevan Pillai

Thiruvananthapuram: Subduing the row over turning down Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s (who is also the Chancellor of varsities in the state) recommendation to confer President of India with an honorary D Litt degree, Kerala University syndicate has backed the vice-chancellor, Prof VP Mahadevan Pillai.

The syndicate made it clear that the decision to reject the recommendation of the Governor was made after deliberations with the syndicate members and it is not interested in further controversies or conflicts.

According to the syndicate, though what is happening right now is something that affects the prestige of the university, it is not going to lock horns with the Chancellor as it will make things more cumbersome.

The syndicate disclosed the allied process involved in rejecting the recommendation. To confer D Litt on the President, the senate or the syndicate had to be convened on an emergency basis. However, if the meeting decides to reject the recommendation, it will hit the headlines and become controversial, the syndicate said. There are both legal and protocol-related issues in that, the syndicate pointed out.

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