Bill hands power to appoint vice-chancellors to the state

The Tamil Nadu assembly on Monday 25 April adopted a bill empowering the state government to appoint vice-chancellors to various universities in the Indian state, in an apparent bid to clip the wings of the governor on the matter, reports The Wire and PTI.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin recalled that the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations had, while dealing with the subject of vice-chancellor appointments, said “there would be a clash of functions and powers” if the authority to choose the top academician was wrested with the governor.

The ruling DMK’s move came on a day when State Governor RN Ravi inaugurated a two-day conference of vice-chancellors at Udhagamandalam, attended by among others, Zoho Corporation CEO Sridhar Vembu, whose participation in the event was questioned by the Congress party.
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