VC search committee: Kerala University refuses to budge to ‘final warning’ of Governor Khan

Kerala University | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala University discarded the ‘warning’ letter of chancellor Arif Mohammed Khan demanding the naming of their representative to the vice-chancellor search committee. The university said that its senate would not nominate its representative as the Governor's notification of forming the committee is invalid. Kerala University has reportedly passed the information to the Governor after receiving legal opinion on the matter.

Following the appointment row in Kannur University, the tussle between the state government and the Governor went out of control.

The Governor, who is also the chancellor of the university, formed a search committee for finding the next VC for Kerala University, on August 5, without waiting for the university to name its representative for the committee. In protest of this, a meeting of the senate was summoned to pass a resolution against the Governor. Angered by this, Khan sought the minutes of the meeting.

Though the Governor directed the university to suggest a representative twice, after forming the committee, the university did not yield. This urged the Governor to issue a 'final notice'.

Kerala University stands firm in the stance that the Governor’s move violated the university rules. According to the statute, the initial recommendation for the search committee has to be made by the university. The Governor’s notification infringed this, noted the varsity. It demanded the Governor withdraw the notification for the university to name its representative.

The Governor swung into action by declaring the committee in August when he came to know that the state government is mooting a law to end the majority of the union government representatives in the search committee by adding two more people into it. Though eventually the Assembly passed the Bill, the Governor hasn't assented to it. Besides, he gave hints to the media persons that he will not sign it. The senate of the university is controlled by pro-government representatives.

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