The vice chancellors of universities in Tamil Nadu are now appointed by the state government. The Assembly of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution on Monday giving these powers to the government. BJP walked out after the state government moved the bill based on the University Search committee’s recommendations.
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, said this is not a rare phenomenon, and that the Gujarat government also has the power to appoint vice chancellors in state universities.
The main opposition party AIADMK also went on strike ahead of the bill’s adoption, objecting to a comment about the late Prime Minister J Jayalalithaa by Congress Legislative Party leader K Selvaperunthagai. Opposition PMK supported the bill.
The prime minister said the governor was the chancellor of 13 universities in the state, with the minister of higher education being the pro-chancellor. Also under the existing process, the governor was consulted before the vice chancellors for state universities were elected.
The state government may appoint the VCs for the following state universities: Madurai-Kamaraj University, Anna University, Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Alagappa University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Periyar University, Tamil Nadu Open University, Thiruvalluvar University, Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University, Annamalai University and University of Madras
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