The Left Democratic Front LDF leaders in Kerala have indicated that a law may be passed to remove the governor from the post of chancellor of universities.
In fact, taking an unexpected step, the state governor Arif Mohammad Khan directed the vice-chancellors of nine universities of Kerala to submit their resignations by 11:30 am on Monday.
“Upholding the verdict of Hon’ble Supreme Court dt 21.10.22 in Civil Appeal Nos.7634-7635 of 2022(@ SLP(c)Nos.21108-21109 of 2021) Hon’ble Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan has directed Vice Chancellors of 9 varsities in Kerala(see image) to tender resignation,” tweeted Raj Bhavan.
The Governor has alleged that UGC rules have been ignored while appointing Vice Chancellors in universities.
The Raj Bhavan said that the search committee should make a panel of three candidates out of five so that the governor can implement his decision.
Due to this order of the Governor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) of the state has been surprised. LDF says that the governor wants to spread the ideology of RSS in Kerala.
Vice-Chancellors of University of Kerala, Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kannur University, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, University of Calicut, Thunachath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University have been asked to resign from the post.
At the same time, the Vice Chancellor of some universities has categorically denied that he will not resign.
Kannur University Vice Chancellor Gopinath Ravindran has said that he will not submit his resignation under any circumstances.
Talking to the media, he said, “I got that letter in the evening. I was told to resign by 11:30 on Monday morning. If I want to be fired, then fire me. I will not resign.”
He said that it would not have happened in any state in India to have asked for the resignation of all the Vice Chancellors at the same time.
Ravindran said that the case is currently going on in the Supreme Court against the appointment in this matter.
Meanwhile, the ruling coalition of Kerala made preparations to challenge the governor’s decision politically and legally.
The government has indicated that a law will be passed to remove the governor from the post of chancellor. Earlier, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal have also moved in the same direction.
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