On October 21, the Supreme Court revoked Dr. Rajasree MS’s appointment as vice-chancellor of the Kerala-based APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (APJAKTU). The University Grants Commission (UGC) rules were broken, according to the bench that Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar were on.
The Sc’s judgement had a profound impact on all of the state’s colleges. Nine vice chancellors of state-run universities in Kerala were asked to retire by the governor, who also serves as chancellor of those institutions. He claimed that his conduct was consistent with the SC ruling to support them.
The vice chancellor of Sreenarayana Guru Open University, PM Mubarak Pasha, and the VC of Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation, and Technology have each received two more show-cause letters from Kerala Governor Arif Mohd Khan.
Notices to show cause were delivered today, October 25. 11 VCs who refused to resign have so far received show cause letters from Kerala’s governor. Since their appointment did not follow the University Grants Commission’s UGC Guidelines, VCs were requested to quit.
It should be mentioned that the Kerala Governor ordered the state’s nine vice chancellors to resign from their positions on Sunday in an unprecedented step. The Supreme Court’s decision ordering the Vice Chancellor of Kerala Technical University to resign due to irregularities in the selection process led the Governor to issue the direction.
Raj Bhavan recently issued a number of orders, the first of which required the vice chancellors of nine state universities to retire by Monday morning at 11.30am. The Left-front government was shocked by the Governor’s directive. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the Vice Chancellors did not need to quit during a press conference on Monday. The Governor would have to deal with the widespread opposition to him in the state, according to the Chief Minister of Kerala.
The applications filed by eight VCs were considered by the Kerala high court on Monday, but the court declined to get involved. It stated that the VCs might continue serving until the chancellor dismissed them. The court stated, They will be allowed to continue in their present posts until such time as the chancellor issues a definitive decision against any of the petitioners, if it is so necessary.