SC verdict on KTU VC appointment will lead to centralisation of higher education laws: R Bindu

Kochi: The Supreme Court verdict that unseated the Kerala technological university vice-chancellor Prof Rajasree MS will aid the centralisation of higher education laws, said Kerala minister R Bindu. She added that it is not healthy for the federal system.

The higher education minister was speaking at a press conference here on Thursday.

Bindu said the UGC regulations are just directives and the institutions shall work according to the laws, not regulations. According to the Supreme Court, state institutions have to work in a different way. This has to be read along with the national political scenario, she said.

When asked if the Supreme Court was supporting the agenda of union government, she said she did not mean that but people are free to interpret.

She added that the government may join as a party to the review petition of Rajasree MS. The former VC is asking the apex court not to make her appointment 'void ab initio' for the mistake of the 'search committee'. The court termed her appointment invalid from day one as the search committee recommended only one name instead of a panel of three to the chancellor.

The court stated that UGC regulations are above state laws. Kerala is likely to challenge this as the regulations are prepared by executive and not parliament.

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