The Government of Tamil Nadu has the power to appoint Vice Chancellors in State Universities

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State government passes bill to have power to appoint vice chancellors (Representative image)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said this is not a rare phenomenon and that the Gujarat government also holds the power to appoint vice chancellors in state universities.

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  • Last update:April 25, 2022, 5:34 p.m. HST
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The vice chancellors of universities in Tamil Nadu will henceforth be appointed by the state government. Tamil Nadu’s assembly on Monday passed a resolution granting those powers to the government. The BJP pulled out after the state government proposed the bill based on the recommendations of the university research committee.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said this is not a rare phenomenon and that the Gujarat government also holds the power to appoint vice chancellors in state universities.

The main opposition party AIADMK also staged a walkout ahead of the bill’s passage, objecting to a remark about late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by Congress Legislative Party leader K Selvaperunthagai. The opposition PMK supported the bill.

The chief minister said the governor is the chancellor of 13 universities in the state, with the minister of higher education being the pro-chancellor. Also in line with the existing process, the governor was consulted before selecting the vice chancellors of state universities.

The state government can appoint 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, Open University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvalluvar University, Tamil Nadu Teachers Training University, Annamalai University and University of Madras

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