Kerala passes bill to remove state governor as chancellor

The Kerala Assembly in India on Tuesday 13 December passed a bill to remove the state governor as the ex-officio chancellor of 14 universities in the state, reports Express News Service.

The Communist Party of India (M) government introduced the University Laws (Amendments) Bill in the assembly in the wake of recurring issues with Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on administration and appointments at these universities. The bill will now be sent to the Raj Bhavan for the governor’s consent before it becomes a law.

However, the Congress-led opposition, which backed the removal of the governor as chancellor, boycotted the assembly after the government refused to pay heed to its demand that retired judges of the Supreme Court or the High Court must be made the chancellor. The bill envisages appointing academicians of high repute as the chancellor of universities. The chancellor would be selected by a committee comprising the chief minister, the opposition leader and the assembly speaker.
Full report on The Indian Express site