Kerala Assembly passes bill to remove Governor as chancellor of universities

The Kerala Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to remove Governor as the Chancellor of eight state universities amidst the ongoing friction between the CPI(M) led state government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan over various issues.

The ruling left party and government have been accusing Khan of acting as the agent of Hindutva group RSS.

“The Government shall appoint an academician of high repute or a person of eminence in any of the field of science including agriculture and veterinary science, technology, medicine, social science, humanities, literature, art, culture, law or public administration as the Chancellor of the University” read the bill.

According to the bill, The Chancellor so appointed shall have a term of 5 years and is eligible for re-appointment.

The bill is tabled by Law Minister P Rajeev and it amends eight university acts in the state.

However, the Opposition walked out raising a demand that a retired judge should be appointed as the Chancellor. The opposition also demanded that the selection panel should comprise the Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition and the Kerala High Court Chief Justice.