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The controversy over the appointment of Vice Chancellors in Kerala is not taking its name. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has once again given a big statement today. He has said that the appointment of the chancellor in the university is due to the national consensus and not the will of the state government. He said nepotism cannot be allowed in university appointments. If Pinarayi Vijayan is unaware of what is happening in his office, he is an incompetent Chief Minister.
Universities have to be restored to their ancient glory: Governor
Governor Khan said that the universities have to be restored to their ancient glory. They have to be free from this nepotism. He said that his duty as chancellor was to ensure that there was no executive interference in the universities and that was the reason why governors by virtue of their position continued to be chancellors.
Governors were chancellors of universities even before Kerala came into existence.
Governor Khan said that even before Kerala came into existence in 1956, governors were chancellors of universities. This is something on which a national consensus was reached and a national convention developed. Why? So that there is no executive interference in the universities and their autonomy is protected. You cannot break any national convention or national consensus. This is beyond his power. Let them try.
The governor replied on the attempt to remove him from the post of chancellor
Responding to questions about the Kerala government’s ordinance to remove him from the post of chancellor and other steps in that direction, Khan said these were attempts by the state government to divert attention from the recent court orders and cover up the embarrassment . Basically what are they doing now? They are upset with the judicial decisions and they want to divert the attention of the Governor. If they break the law, the governor is the first reviewing authority, but it will eventually go to the courts.
What is the matter?
In fact, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had asked the vice-chancellors of nine state universities to resign by October 24 in view of the recent order of the Supreme Court contrary to the rules of the University Grants Commission. After this order of the governor, the Kerala government had threatened to protest outside the Raj Bhavan. After which the governor became more furious.