Politics involved in the selection of VCs in state universities, according to Governor Arif Mohammed
“… I am not able to work in this environment where I find too much political interference in the functioning of the university and the autonomy of the university is completely eroded,” said the governor.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed said state Minister of Higher Education R Bindu did not have the authority to write to him requesting extension of service from the University’s Vice Chancellor from Kannur, Gopinath Raveendran.
Speaking to media at the airport on Friday evening, he reiterated that there was politics in the selection of vice chancellors at state universities. He also claimed that there had been no change in his decision to step down as chancellor.
Political interference in the functioning of the university: the governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed
“… I am not able to work in this environment where I find too much political interference in the functioning of the university and the autonomy of the university is completely eroded. A conflict arises when you assert your authority against another authority. I asked you to bring an ordinance, you become chancellor, let anyone become chancellor, but for me it is not possible to see that kind of political interference … have already said, “Khan said.
Criticizing Bindhu about his letter on the renewal of VC, he said, “The minister does not have the power to write to the governor. Only the search committee has the power to select the vice-chancellor. It is not my job to respond to the minister. “
Question raised by the Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed
The governor and opposition parties, including Congress, attacked the left-wing government over Bindhu’s alleged interference in Raveendran’s re-appointment as vice-chancellor of Kannur University, claiming that it was an “attack” on the authority of the chancellor.
A copy of the alleged letter from the Minister of Higher Education to the governor requesting the renewal of Raveendran’s tenure for a continuous term from November 24, 2021, also surfaced recently, sparking a political row in the state. Recently, the Kerala High Court rejected an appeal against Raveendran’s reappointment as VC.
The court said that reappointment was different from appointment and that the procedure adopted for the latter did not need to be followed when a person was reappointed. The Congress party moved the divisive bench against the Single Bench Order.
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