CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has not yet given accord to the state government’s plan to give Higher Education Secretary the charge of Vice Chancellor (VC) of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. This comes as a continuation of the ongoing tussle between Khan and Left regime.
As of now there is no VC for the Technological University as the Supreme Court revoked the appointment for violation of UGC mandates.
The state government earlier suggested the name of Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (Digital University Kerala) VC Saji Gopinath for the post. However, citing the show cause notices sent to him and 10 others, Khan turned down the recommendation.
He also asked the government to furnish the names of senior personnel in College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) and The Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram to ascertain the possibility of giving them the charge of Technological University VC.
Amid this comes the government proposal to give charge to Higher Education Secretary .
Though provision allows Higher Education Secretary to take up the charge of Technological University VC, Khan maintains that the recent SC’s ruling on search committee makes this apparently impossible as the person is not an expert from education sector.
Meanwhile, the ongoing tussle has been affecting UG certificate issuance as there is no VC.