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‘Governor should not be Chancellor’; The letter sent by Oommen Chandy to the Center is out


  • The letter was delivered by then-Chief Secretary Gigi Thompson
  • A governor with constitutional status should not be given other powers
  • The decision to give the status to the governor should be changed

Thiruvananthapuram: The letter sent by the UDF government to the Center stating that the Governor should not hold the post of University has been released. The letter was submitted to the Center on August 26, 2015 by the then Chief Secretary Gigi Thompson during the Oommen Chandy government. The letter quotes the report of the Madan Mohan Poonchi Commission.

In 2007, the Center appointed the Justice MM Poonchi Commission. The aim was to study central-state relations. The Commission submitted its report in 2010. One of the recommendations in the report was to remove the governor from the position of university chancellor. The Center has sought the views of all the states on the issue. In response to this, the Oommen Chandy government informed the Center that it did not want the Governor to be the Chancellor.

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A governor with constitutional status should not be given other powers. The letter said the Chancellor’s decision to change the governor’s position should be changed from time to time, Reporter TV reported.

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CPI (M) state secretary Kanam Rajendran has said that the governor should not be removed from the post of chancellor. The Governor is appointed as the Chancellor of the Universities of the State on the basis of a law passed by the Legislature. If necessary, the legislature can revoke the position of chancellor. “Don’t force us to do that,” he said.

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