Kerala University emerges from a government-governor battleground; university plans twin strategy – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Chief Minister alleging ‘Sangh Parivar agenda’ behind Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s decision to go ahead with appointment of new Vice-Chancellor at Kerala University, LDF government will certainly put everything to thwart the decision of Raj Bhavan. Outgoing Vice Chancellor VP Mahadevan Pillai’s term ends on October 24. Following a horrific brawl, the state government and governor are equally determined to gain the upper hand in the nomination for the top job, sources said.

We learn that the university senate, dominated by the LDF, planned a double strategy to defeat the decision of the governor, apparently at the request of the government. The Governor recently went ahead and constituted the Search and Selection Committee, leaving the position of University Senate Representative vacant and to be filled in due course. The move came after the Senate picked its nominee from the search committee but failed to forward the decision to Raj Bhavan, apparently to ensure the governor had no place in the vice-chancellor’s selection. .

Following the governor’s repeated instructions, the college senate will reconvene, but sources said various technical details would be cited to further delay the choice of its candidate for the three-member panel. “It is understood that the delaying maneuvers will continue until the expiry of the mandate of the search committee, constituted on August 5,” said a member of the union.

There are also attempts to employ the second strategy to legally challenge the governor’s decision to initiate the vice chancellor selection process without the Senate nominee. In accordance with existing University rules, the Search and Selection Committee will have nominees – from the Chancellor (Governor), the University Grants Commission (UGC), and the University Senate.

Meanwhile, the assembly passed the University Laws (Amendment) Bill, but the legislation has yet to receive the Governor’s assent. The legislation increases the number of members of the vice-chancellor’s search committee from three to five.

“With the inclusion of candidates from the government and the state higher education council, their support would go to the government choice. The candidate from the university is also expected to take a pro-ruling regime stance,” a source said. However, the governor indicated that he was in no mood to give his assent to the bill, which he said was intended to facilitate government interference.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Chief Minister alleging ‘Sangh Parivar agenda’ behind Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s decision to go ahead with appointment of new Vice-Chancellor at Kerala University, LDF government will certainly put everything to thwart the decision of Raj Bhavan. Outgoing Vice Chancellor VP Mahadevan Pillai’s term ends on October 24. Following a horrific brawl, the state government and governor are equally determined to gain the upper hand in the nomination for the top job, sources said. We learn that the university senate, dominated by the LDF, planned a double strategy to defeat the decision of the governor, apparently at the request of the government. The Governor recently went ahead and constituted the Search and Selection Committee, leaving the position of University Senate Representative vacant and to be filled in due course. The move came after the Senate picked its nominee from the search committee but failed to forward the decision to Raj Bhavan, apparently to ensure the governor had no place in the vice-chancellor’s selection. . Following the governor’s repeated instructions, the college senate will reconvene, but sources said various technicalities would be cited to further delay the choice of its candidate for the three-member panel. “It is understood that the delaying maneuvers will continue until the expiry of the mandate of the search committee, constituted on August 5,” said a member of the union. There are also attempts to employ the second strategy to legally challenge the governor’s decision to initiate the vice chancellor selection process without the Senate nominee. In accordance with existing University rules, the Search and Selection Committee will have nominees – from the Chancellor (Governor), the University Grants Commission (UGC), and the University Senate. Meanwhile, the assembly passed the University Laws (Amendment) Bill, but the legislation has yet to receive the Governor’s assent. The legislation increases the number of members of the vice-chancellor’s search committee from three to five. “With the inclusion of candidates from the government and the state higher education council, their support would go to the government choice. The candidate from the university is also expected to take a pro-ruling regime stance,” a source said. However, the governor indicated that he was in no mood to give his assent to the bill, which he said was intended to facilitate government interference.

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