VC appointment: Kerala University senate member approaches HC

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala University senate member has approached the Kerala High Court here on Monday seeking action over the delay in the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor. In the plea, the petitioner asked the HC to direct the senate to select a search committee representative immediately.

Kerala University senate member S Jayaram moved the plea in the High Court.

“The university senate hasn’t selected a representative for the search committee yet. Hence, the High Court should take action to give directions to the senate regarding the same. If the Senate is not ready to choose a representative, the HC should direct the chancellor to appoint a VC by using the two-member search committee,” reads the petition.

The High Court will consider the plea the next day.

Interestingly, the senate member has come up with a plea in the High Court amid the legal battle between the senate and chancellor.

Earlier, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan who is the chancellor of the universities in the state constituted a search committee comprising two members, a UGC representative and a person appointed by the Chancellor. As per the university rules, a search committee should include three members. It is alleged that the Senate is not selecting a representative for the search committee even after the chancellor issued directions.

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