Pro-VC may be given temporary charge of VC; Bill in Assembly today

Governor Arif Mohammad Khan | Photo: Sabu Scaria

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government of Kerala has published the Bill to replace the governor with experts as chancellor of state universities.

The Bill recommends handing over vice-chancellor post to Pro-VC in the absence of a permanent VC. The appointment of Prof Ciza Thomas as the VC-in-charge of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University by the governor had irked the state government recently. The chancellor rejected the recommendations of the government for the post. He chose a professor who was on deputation to fill the post.

Though the government appealed against it stating that the appointment was against the KTU Act, the court dismissed the plea.

According to the proposed Bill, if Pro-VC is not available in the university, the charge of VC can be given to the VC of any other university.

The chancellor would be an expert in fields such as education, science and technology, humanities, arts, literature, culture or public administration, the Bill says. The appointment process will be decided later.

The Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly on Monday will decide on the date for tabling the Bill.

Meanwhile, the government said that the move is in accordance with the Justice (Rtd) Madan Mohan Punchhi Commission that recommended relieving the governor of non-constitutional duties.

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