Kerala HC rebukes Kannur VC over administrative nod for self-financing college in Kasaragod

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Gopinath Raveendran

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday slammed Kannur VC Gopinath Raveendran and pointed out that he breached his power limits while giving administrative assent to give affiliation to a self-financing college in Kasaragod.

The court rapped the VC while staying the procedures initiated by him in favour of the self-financing college started by TKC Education and Charitable Society at Padanna, Kasaragod. It also revoked the administrative sanction given by the state government.

VC was in a hurry to consider TKC’s application despite need for any emergency, observed Justice Devan Ramachandran who adjudicated the plea filed by SharfArts and Science College Committee against the sanction.

As per the UGC mandates, an entity should posses atleast five acre land to start a new college. The court pointed out that TKC’s application did not mention the land it has.

The University Registrar had cited shortage of land and forwarded letter to TKC twice. In response to the second letter, TKC maintained that the required land will be acquired within three months.

At this juncture, VC deployed an inspection team and found many issues. Despite this, the VC had given the assent, the court observed.

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