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Bengal Snubs Governor, OKs Invoice To Change Him As Universities’ Chancellor

Mamata Banerjee will substitute


The West Bengal meeting at present handed a invoice that makes the Chief Minister – and never the Governor – Chancellor of all state universities in Bengal. BJP legislators protested however simply 40 votes have been polled towards the invoice and 183 have been in favour. The transfer had earlier been cleared by the state Cupboard within the backdrop of Governor Jadgeep Dhankhar’s conflict with the state authorities over appointments of vice-chancellors throughout universities.

The Invoice will now want the Governor’s clearance, however he’s constitutionally sure to behave on the recommendation of the Cupboard. Nevertheless, there have been situations the place Governors in opposition-ruled states have sat on Payments for a very long time and despatched them to the President. 

The Governor, by advantage of his place, is the Chancellor of all state-run universities.

Final month Tamil Nadu had handed a invoice empowering the state authorities to take over the Governor’s energy of appointing vice-chancellors to universities.

State schooling minister Bratya Basu, after introducing The West Bengal College Legal guidelines (Modification) Invoice, 2022 within the Home, mentioned there was “nothing fallacious” with the chief minister taking on because the chancellor.

“Why cannot the chief minister be the chancellor of state universities if the Prime Minister is the chancellor of a central college – Visva Bharati? You’ll be able to undergo the suggestions of the Punchhi Fee…The governor, who’s the current chancellor, has violated protocols on numerous events,” Mr Basu mentioned.

The event is probably going to attract a recent battleline between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who additionally heads the ruling Trinamool Congress, and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who the state’s ruling get together leaders have accused of working with the centre to harass the Mamata Banerjee authorities on key points.

By regulation, the Governor is the Chancellor of 17 universities within the state, in keeping with the Bengal Raj Bhavan’s official web site. A few of them are the College of Calcutta, Jadavpur College, College of Kalyani, Rabindra Bharati College, Vidyasagar College, the College of Burdwan and North Bengal College, amongst others.

For Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan, the Governor is the Pradhana, or Rector, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the Chancellor.

In January this 12 months, Mr Dhankhar alleged that Vice Chancellors of 25 state universities in Bengal have been appointed with out his consent.

Opposing the invoice, the opposition BJP alleged that appointing the Chief Minister as Chancellor would result in direct “political interference” within the state’s greater schooling system.

“The state authorities desires to regulate every thing. The choice to nominate the CM as Chancellor of universities is being taken to facilitate direct interference of the ruling get together within the state’s schooling system,” information company PTI quoted BJP MLA Agnimitra Paul as alleging.


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