The Kerala government has been planning to bring in an ordinance to remove Governor Arif Mohammad Khan from the post of Chancellor of all the universities run by the state.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has been planning to bring in an ordinance to remove Governor Arif Mohammad Khan from the post of Chancellor of all the universities run by the state.
The crucial decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting, which was conducted by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday. The state government is also considering bringing in a Rhodes Scholar from the education sector for the post of chancellor.
As Chancellor of Universities, Arif Mohammad Khan issued show-cause notices to 11 universities’ vice chancellors, which the VCs have challenged in court, claiming that the notice was illegal and void.
The notices demanded that the VCs explain why they were still holding these positions, despite the fact that their appointments were illegal under a recent Supreme Court ruling.
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday urged Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is the Chancellor of the state universities, not to take any action against the vice chancellors against whom he issued show-cause notices, until the court hears the matter.
Action against VCs
The Supreme Court invalidated the appointment of the VC of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University on October 21, stating that, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC), the search committee formed by the state government was required to form a panel of at least three suitable people who belong to the field of engineering science and send it to the Chancellor, but only one name was sent.
Arif Mohammad Khan took the decision based on that and demanded the resignation of VCs whose names were erupted only once for appointment and also those who were selected by a committee of which the Chief Secretary of the State was a member, terming both as violations of UGC regulations.