Minister R Bindu, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of Higher Education R Bindu expressed her satisfaction over the court’s ruling that upheld the re-appointment of the Kannur university Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopinath Raveendran. However, she was unwilling to respond further and said that the conversations between a Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor cannot be made public. When enquired about the dismissal of the search committee, the minister said only the Governor only can answer the question.
“The Governor is of my father’s age and I cannot make any public comments about him”, said the minister. She also said that the government aims to improve the quality of the higher education sector of the state. The verdict backs the actions of the government, she said.
Kannur University senate member Dr Premachandran Keezhoth and academic council member Shino P Jose approached the High Court demanding the removal of VC who was recently re-appointed by the Governor. They argued the appointment was illegal. The court dismissed the petition. The move gave breathing space for the government amidst the clash with the Governor who wrote to the Chief Minister asking to take over the chancellorship citing lack of independence.