Thiruvananthapuram: The time allotted by Governor Arif Mohammad Khan for the resignation of vice-chancellors of all the nine universities of the state will end around 11.30 am today. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will meet media at 10.30 am to clarify the government's stand on the matter.
The Vice Chancellors have sought legal advice from the Advocate General. They discussed the implications surrounding the non-compliance with the Governor's order and the possibilities of further legal actions.
At the same time, legal circles have a different opinion on the position of the governor, who has asked the vice-chancellors to resign. It is an unusual situation. Such a case has not come up before the constitutional courts of the country.
Currently, none of the VCs has announced their willingness to resign. The government had directed VCs not to resign. It is reported that Governor will proceed with sacking the VCs by interpreting the Supreme Court order if they do not willingly resign from office before 11: 30 AM. Amidst these developments, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for a press conference to address the issue.
Citing the recent Supreme Court order quashing the appointment of the vice-chancellor (VC) of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University here for being contrary to UGC regulations, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan sought the resignation of VCs of nine varsities in the state.
Reacting to the Governor's decision, the ruling CPM termed it as an outcome of the Sangh Parivar's "conspiracy" to topple the state's resistance to their alleged agenda of "saffronisation" of the education system in the country.
CPM state secretariat alleged that the decision "violated all limits of democracy" and was part of a conspiracy to destroy higher education in Kerala.