Not interested in being the symbolic head of varsities: Kerala governor | India News

Not interested in being the symbolic head of varsities: Kerala governor | India News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is at loggerheads with the state government over alleged political interference in the functioning of the universities, on Thursday said he was even ready to transfer the powers of chancellor to the higher education minister, who is also the pro chancellor of the universities. “I am not interested in being the symbolic head of the universities,” he said.
Khan said it is not possible for him to work as chancellor. “I will not be a party to lowering the standards of the universities. I will not be a party to irregular appointments,” the governor said, adding that he was ready to legally transfer all his powers to the pro chancellor. “Let them decide in the Cabinet… I am ready to transfer all powers to the pro chancellor,” he said.
The governor said he signed the papers reappointing the vice-chancellor of Kannur university “to avoid a conflict” with the government. “I am taking responsibility… I have done something wrong… that of course was to avoid conflict. But then I realised that even under pressure I should not have done that,” Khan said about the recent re-appointment of Prof Ravindran as V-C of Kannur university for another four years.

Assam Press