Thiruvananthapuram | As the fight between the government and the governor continues, the University Act Amendment Bill is in the Assembly today. The bill reduces the powers of the Governor as Chancellor. The bill has been drafted in such a way that the chancellor’s power in appointing the VC will be reduced and the government will have an upper hand. The opposition which disagreed in the subject committee will also oppose the bill in the House. But the government has decided to pass the bill today itself.
By adding two more government representatives to the search committee for the appointment of VC, the government aims to eliminate the appointing power of the governor. The condition that the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Higher Education, newly included in the committee, should be made the convener has been omitted. Currently there is no post of convener. Appointment is by majority decision of the committee.
The new amendment has been given retrospective effect from August 1 to override the search committee set up by the governor for the appointment of Kerala University VC. The governor’s committee was formed on August 7. The Assembly will adjourn indefinitely today after passing two bills.