Surpassing Governor, Govt forms search committee for Malayalam University VC appointment

Arif Mohammad Khan | Photo - Sabu Scaria, Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has formed a search committee to appoint a new vice chancellor at Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. The search committee’s structure abides by the conditions put forward in the University Bill ratified by the assembly. However, governor Arif Mohammed Khan had not signed the bill yet.

The Higher Education principal secretary has sent a letter to the governor’s principal secretary informing the government’s decision to set up a five member search committee. The letter noted that the search committee has been formed according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines of 2018.

The search committee will have a representative of the UGC chairman, chancellor, vice president of the High Education Council, University syndicate and the government. All of them will be experts in the higher education sector. No member should have any links with the Malayalam University.

The letter forwarded to the governor demanded to choose the chancellor’s representative as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the rules of Malayalam University recommend a search committee comprising chancellor as chairman, and representatives of UGC and government for the selection of the vice chancellor. The proposed search committee structure violates this and abides by the suggestions in the controversial university bill.

Governor has the power to form a search committee according to the existing rules, opined the Save University Campaign Committee.

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