Governor should not be appointed as chancellor of varsities, reiterates Kerala govt


R Sreejith / Mathrubhumi News

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

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government in response to the recommendations of Justice Madan Mohan Punchhi Commission (2010) has replied that the governor should not be appointed as chancellor of universities. Notably, even during the tenure of the Oommen Chandy government, the state had taken a similar stand.

In the response to the commission, the LDF government asserted that the governor can continue with his constitutional powers and repeated that the chancellor post does not come under the purview of constitutional powers. Interestingly, the reply comes at a time when an ongoing tussle between the state government and governor Arif Mohammed Khan is in limelight.

Justice Madan Mohan Punchhi Commission was constituted to study the relationship between the state governments and the Union government. The committee report was published earlier. The commission also suggested certain modifications to the relationship between centre and state. The state governments were asked to inform their opinion over the governor's powers. The Kerala government has given a reply in this regard.

Not just on the governor’s role, the commission recommended increasing the number of Rajya Sabha MPs from the states. But Kerala government disagreed with this recommendation citing the burden on the state exchequer.

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