Governor sends notice to two more vice-chancellors

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday sent a show-cause notice to vice-chancellors of two more universities asking them to explain why he must not remove them from the post.

Digital University vice-chancellor Dr Saji Gopinath and Sree Narayana Open University vice-chancellor PM Mubarak Pasha have a week’s time to file the reply.

They were appointed by the governor on the recommendation of the state government when the institutions were formed recently. As per precedence, that is how the appointments were made. The varsities later secured the approval of the UGC. Sources in the Raj Bhavan say the appointments have to be made in accordance with the UGC regulations.

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