Issues between Governor and Kerala govt will be resolved amicably, says speaker A N Shamseer

Kannur: Amid the ongoing tussle between the Kerala Governor and the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government, state Assembly Speaker AN Shamseer said the issue will be resolved “amicably”.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the Assembly Speaker said, “Things will be done as per the agenda prepared in the Kerala Assembly session to be held from December 5.” The spokesperson added that the issues between the Governor and the Kerala government will be resolved amicably.

Earlier, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government sent an ordinance to remove Governor Rajbhavani Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of chancellor of state universities.

The Kerala Raj Bhavan later confirmed that the Governor had received orders to remove the chancellors from the post of several universities.

The Kerala Cabinet on November 9 decided to bring an ordinance to remove Governor Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of Chancellor.

The State Cabinet plans to bring in an expert to replace the chancellor.

The cabinet’s decision came after the governor asked for the resignations of the vice-chancellors of nine state universities.

As per the order issued by the Governor of Kerala, Vice Chancellor of Kerala University, Mahatma 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. They have been asked to resign from their posts in Sanskrit, Calicut University and Thunachath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University. Later, nine university VCs moved the High Court challenging the Governor’s order to tender his resignation. The governor also appointed Ciza Thomas as vice chancellor. Principal, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU), Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the Vijayan government asked the High Court to set aside the appointment ordered by Kerala Governor Arif Muhammad Khan, the chancellor of state universities. However, the court refused to allow the appointment.

The Supreme Court in October removed MS Rajasree from the post of vice-chancellor for violating UGC norms.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar allowed the appeal filed by Professor Sreejith PS challenging the Kerala High Court order on August 2 last year.

As per UGC regulations, the Visitor/Chancellor will appoint the Vice-Chancellor from the panel of names recommended by the search committee.

Therefore, when only one name was recommended and the panel of names was not recommended, the chancellor did not have the opportunity to consider the names of other candidates, the Supreme Court pointed out.

Therefore, it can be said that the appointment of the respondent Rajasree is against the provisions of the UGC Regulations as well as against the University Act, 2015. (ANI)

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