The Kerala Raj Bhavan has sought legal advice on the bill to remove the governor from the post of chancellor of the universities in Kerala, which has been passed by the state Assembly.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, on Monday, asked Raj Bhavan’s standing counsel to explore the option of sending the University Laws (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to negate the role of the Governor as the Chancellor of Universities, to the President.
The Governor had earlier stated that higher education comes under the concurrent list and so, the University Amendment Act requires the Centre’s approval. It is in this context that the Governor primarily sought legal advice.
Governor Arif Muhammad Khan will return to Thiruvananthapuram on 3 January. After this, he will decide whether to send the bill to the President.
The Kerala Assembly passed the bill to remove the governor from the post of chancellor of the universities in the state by convening a special session of the legislature early this month.
The LDF government’s political objective of removing the Governor as Chancellor of state Universities seems unlikely to materialise anytime soon.