Governor questions state’s interventions on varsities bypassing SC order

Arif Mohammed Khan I Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan asserted that the state government cannot take unilateral decisions regarding the universities in state. When the Supreme Court order regarding chancellor in West Bengal noted that the state government has no role in the appointment of vice-chancellor, how can the state adopt a unilateral decision over the chancellor’s appointment, asked the governor.

He said that his attempts were always to improve the functioning of universities. The procedures in connection with the show-cause notice sent to the VCs will be completed within 2 days, he added.

The final decision will be taken only after the court declares its order, he said.

When enquired about the High Court’s criticism, the governor dismissed it and said the court did not condemn him. While orally mediating the tussle between the chancellor and the Kerala University on Wednesday, the High Court pointed out that it is inappropriate for a person holding a key office to withdraw his “pleasure” over his dislike of an individual.

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