Vice-Chancellors of 11 universities have been issued show-cause notices by the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan because they denied to submit their resignations to him. Earlier the governor had asked vice-chancellors of 9 universities to resign by Monday 11:30 AM calling their appointment illegal according to the UGC norms. This was informed by the governor – who himself is the chancellor of state universities.
Along with the early 9 universities, the governor additionally issued the show-cause notice to the vice-chancellor of Kerala university of digital sciences, innovation and technology and Sree Narayan guru open university.
After the vice – chancellors denied not resign calling the move by Governor unprecedented, the governor has now issued official notice to them. Mr Khan said the notices were given maintaining the decision of the Supreme Court, which has pronounced as “void ab initio” any appointment if made on the recommendation of the Search Committee, which is comprised in opposition to the provisions of the UGC norms.
“Now, it is in the light of the Supreme Court decision why I should not declare your appointment “void ab initio”, said the state governor while speaking to media. Now, the vice-chancellors have been alloted the time till November 3 to respond, said the governor.
Mr Khan’s move has erupted a political tension in the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has strictly warned Mr Khan not to misuse his powers. The ruling LDF has called for a two-day protest across the state starting on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the governor has denied CM Vijayan’s allegations that the VCs were denied natural justice. “I only suggested an honourable way out. I have not sacked them”, he said a press conference which was called in response of the allegations put forth by the chief minister.