Chancellor threatens to quit over ‘political’ appointments

In an unprecedented move, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take over as the chancellor of the universities, a post held by the governor in respective states in India, “so that nobody would question the political appointments and interference in the universities”, writes Shaju Philip for The Indian Express.

In a hard-hitting letter written on 8 December, released last week, Khan has asked the chief minister to amend the Act concerned, saying Vijayan could then carry on his political objectives without depending on the governor.

Khan said he wanted to quit as the chancellor, raising a few issues over which he had locked horns with the CPI(M)-led government. Last month, in an unusual development, the vice-chancellor of Kannur University, Professor Gopinath Ravindran, was re-appointed for another four years even after a notification was issued for a fresh appointment. The re-appointment of Ravindran is a violation of the law as he has passed the age of 60 years.
Full report on The Indian Express site