The Kerala cupboard Tuesday gave its consent to a Bill geared toward giving an higher hand to the federal government within the choice of vice chancellors of state universities. The Bill can be launched within the subsequent Assembly session.
The move got here within the wake of recurring incidents of tussle between the CPI(M)-led authorities and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who’s the chancellor of all of the Universities, over appointment of VCs in varied Universities.
Recently, Khan had brazenly stated that he was below political strain to re-appoint Professor Gopinath Ravindran because the VC of Kannur University even after the Raj Bhavan had notified a search committee to search for a brand new VC.
As per the clauses within the Bill, the variety of members within the search committees can be elevated from the present three to 5. As per the present norm, the three-member committee has a nominee every of the Governor, UGC and the University for which a VC is being searched.
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As per the proposed Bill, within the five-member committee, the state authorities can have two nominees. One of the state nominees would be the vice-chairman of the state Higher Education Council. The proposed composition will assist the federal government achieve an higher hand within the five-member search committee with assist from the nominee of the University.
Former Opposition chief and Congress legislator Ramesh Chennithala stated the federal government has a hidden agenda behind the proposed Bill. “CPI(M) wants to bring all Universities under the party’s control. This will kill the autonomy of the Universities in the state. Already, the syndicates and senates of the Universities are controlled by the CPI(M), which is keen to illegally nominate relatives of party leaders in universities. The Bill should be withdrawn,” he stated.