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Agriculture Minister who is also Pro-Chancellor issues appointment order

  • First time a Pro-Chancellor is issuing such orders
  • University's affairs to get a new focus

    Thiruvananthapuram: The State Government heaved a sigh of relief over the appointment of the Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) Vice-Chancellor with the Governor, who is also the Chancellor, delegating his powers to the Pro-Chancellor and Agriculture Minister to issue the necessary orders installing K.R. Viswambaran to the post.

    This is for the first time in the history of university education that the Pro-Chancellor is issuing orders appointing a Vice-Chancellor of a university in the State.

    Mr. Viswambaran assumed office on Wednesday soon after the Pro-Chancellor issued the orders appointing him as Vice-Chancellor.

    The university's affairs are likely to get a new focus with the induction of a full-time Vice-Chancellor, but the issues related to the appointment that remained unanswered would continue to be debated for some more time to come.

    Mr. Viswambaran came in as the Government nominee with the Cabinet recommending his name for the post. Earlier, the Selection Committee set up under the university statutes failed to unanimously nominate a candidate for the post.

    The Governor had returned the files leaving it for the Cabinet to recommend a name, preferably an agriculture scientist in conformity to the model law of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

    However, the Cabinet recommended Mr. Viswambaran's name that did not figure in the selection panel's short list.

    But since it was a Cabinet recommendation, the Governor signed the file and sent it to the Chief Minister for further action instead of issuing a communiqué in his capacity as Chancellor as per the university law.