Arif Mohammed Khan
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan said he would not sign if the government sends an ordinance to remove him as chancellor of state universities.
Earlier today, the state cabinet decided to promulgate an ordinance for the same. Earlier, Khan had written to the chief minister that he was ready to step down as head of universities alleging state interference in university matters. Asserting faith in the governor, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan encouraged him to continue.
However, with the governor moving to sack 10 vice-chancellors, the government feels he should not continue in the post. Furthermore, two higher education commissions recommended that the governor be removed from his position.
The governor holds the top post at 13 of 14 state universities.
Khan said the ordinance will be illegal and he will not sign something that targets him. He hinted he would send it to the consideration of the President of India.