Discord with govt comes to a temporary halt, Governor resumes his Chancellor duties


Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Tensions escalated between Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the state government has subdued as the former has resumed to the look over the varsity matters from the last day.

Notably, the temporary halt to the discord comes in the back of interventions of CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Before leaving to abroad for medical treatment, the CM had sent four letters to the Governor. Also, the CM interacted with him twice in the phone.

Interestingly, after getting three letters itself from the CM, Governor Khan responded that he is satisfied with the stance of Vijayan over the matters that escalated due to difference of opinions.

Khan earlier lashed out at government and said that he cannot continue as a chancellor at the cost of compromising with the dignity of national institutions. Speaking to the media, he pointed out that "either there should be a clear cut assurance of no interference in the affairs of the university or they take over the chancellorship."

The Governor further added that the state's higher education has gone to dogs because of interference. Displeased by the state of affairs he told CM Pinarayi Vijayan that if things in the state's higher education sector are going like this, he will quit from the post of Chancellor of the state varsities.

He locked horns with Minister of Higher Education R Bindu over the issue of appointment in universities and said he is not able to work in an environment where he finds "too much political interference in the working of universities".

Khan also mocked at Kerala University vice chancellor for the grammar and construction of letter he used in the explanation on rejecting DLitt to the President of India. Row over reappointment of Kannur vice chancellor too worsened the rift between the government and Governor.

Governor sent all university related files to CM’s office and government in turn stopped sending files to the former. The change of course comes nearly one month after and coincides with the time when the CM is abroad.

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