A meeting of the Senate of Mahatma Gandhi University on Saturday was called off amidst protest against the Vice-Chancellor's decision of not permitting the discussion of emergency resolutions moved by members.

Presiding over the meeting, Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal refused to entertain the separate notices submitted by LDF and UDF nominated Senate members.

The LDF nominated members had moved a resolution that sought for discussing the Government Ordinance that amended the Mahatma Gandhi University Act, 1985, and made it possible for the government to dismiss Syndicate members.

Ordinance criticised

The members called the ordinance as “undemocratic”. However, the Vice-Chancellor did not entertain the discussion by citing the reason that the ordinance had been passed by the Governor.

He said that a case relating to the government move was in the Kerala High Court and was sub-judice.

On the other hand, UDF nominated members moved a resolution seeking the discussion of the move of the university authorities in issuing notifications to recruit 16 faculty members by allegedly flouting reservation norms.

The Vice-Chancellor did not grant the permission by refuting the claims and stating that the university regulations were strictly being adhered to during the recruitment process.

The contentious issues had come to the fore following the Question Hour session.

The meeting had to be dismissed while only nearly 15 minutes into the discussions.

Following the shouts of protest, the groups took out separate demonstrations within the university campus.

The contentious issues had come to the fore following the Question Hour session.