Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today refrained from making any comments on the decision to set up a Chancellors Council taken at a meeting of Vice Chancellors of Universities. No comment, was his quick reply during cabinet briefing when reporters asked about the meeting of Vice-Chancellors, convened by Governor P Sathasivam, in his capacity as University Chancellor at Kochi on October 27.
Universities in the state were functioning systematically and its results can be seen in the higher education sector, he said. However, there were issues connected with Calicut University and government viewed the matter seriously. Government had convened a meeting and informed the authorities concerned about its stand on the issues, he said. Universties should function for the betterment of students whose future depend on the functioning of Universities, Chandy said.
Persons in top posts with responsibilities in Universities should act in accordance with the dignity of the post they held, Chandy pointed out. The meeting was called by the Governor in the wake of various issues faced by universities, especially Calicut University, the administration of which has come to a standstill due to strikes and agitation by a section of teachers and students on various issues.
Meanwhile, KPCC vice president M M Hassan and Kerala State Muslim Youth League criticised the Governor for convening the meeting of vice-chancellors and alleged that it was convened with political motives.
Terming the Governor’s step as extra ordinary, Hassan told reporters here that it was a clear infringement into the day to day functioning of the government. It can be seen only as a political move in the present political circumstances of the country, Hassan said.
The Governor can give instructions to vice-chancellors if there were any administrative impasse or crisis in varsities, but it was not proper to call a meeting of all vice-chancellors and step into the administration, he said.
Muslim Youth League, a feeder organisation of Indian Union Muslim League, whose nominee P K Abdu Rabb is the Education Minister, alleged that the meeting was convened with ulterior motives. Youth League president P M Sadiqali said that the Governor calling meeting of vice chancellors was against convention.
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