Kerala University senate reaffirms resolution against chancellor, asks him to withdraw notification

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala University senate has passed a fresh resolution against its chancellor stating that no names will be nominated for the present search committee to find the next vice-chancellor of the varsity. According to the senate, the constitution of the search committee by governor Arif Mohammed Khan violated the regulations. As many as 50 members supported the resolution while 7 voted against it.

On August 5, the governor constituted the search committee with two members and instructed the university to nominate its member. On August 20, the university senate asked the governor to withdraw the notification since it had not yet decided on its representative. Senators decided it will nominate their representative only if the governor withdraws the notification.

The governor was irked by the action of the senate. He gave the university an ultimatum to choose its representative. Following this, majority senators stayed away from the next meeting. Governor sacked 15 of them. In their challenge of their removal, the high court noted that the senate passing a resolution against the chancellor is unprecedented.

The court further observed that "you can nominate a nominee and a VC can straightaway be appointed. Somehow you don't want to appoint a nominee. What is the University trying to achieve out of this? How can it function without a VC? If the University does not want a VC for one year, then tell me we will put somebody else on the job."

Kerala University syndicate member KH Babujan, when asked about Friday's resolution, said, “Today we discussed if the senate should reconsider the stand taken on August 20. As per the resolution that was passed today, if the chancellor withdraws the notification, the senate will move forward to nominate its member.”

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