Amid growing struggles between Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the left-wing government in the state, the Kerala University Senate passed a resolution on Friday against Khan’s move to set up a search committee to select the vice chancellor, who said it was not in accordance with the law.
The senate members who attended the meeting claimed that the resolution was not against the governor, who is also chancellor of the university, but against the report he made about it in August.
They also made it clear that the Senate would only nominate a representative to the VC roster if he withdraws from the search panel.
“Unfortunately, the governor’s August 5 notice regarding the formation of a search committee violates existing laws,” a Senate member told reporters.
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The special senate had taken a stance against this on Aug. 20, he said, adding that today’s meeting discussed whether his earlier stance should be considered.
The meeting asked the governor to withdraw the notice, he said, adding that he also decided to select the Senate representative for the VC selection only if the notice is revoked.
“This is not a political problem, but a legal problem. The Governor’s report is incomplete. It cannot be accepted,” he added.
As many as 50 of the 57 members of the Senate supported the resolution, while seven opposed it.
Those members, previously expelled by the Governor, were not present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Ciza Thomas, who had been put in charge here by the governor of the vice-chancellor of the Technical University APJ Abdul Kalam, took office on Friday amid strong protests from activists from SFI, the student group of CPI(M), and some of the university staff.
She was charged in the wake of the resignation of incumbent Vice-Chancellor S Rajasree pending a ruling by the highest court.
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