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Governor to cease to be Chancellor
With the Telangana State Assembly amending Dr B R Ambedkar Open University Act, 1982 and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technology Act, 2008, the Governor would cease to be the Chancellor of State Universities. According to Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari,
Telangana Govt promises transparency in appointing Chancellors, VCs
Hyderabad: With the Telangana State Assembly amending Dr B R Ambedkar Open University Act, 1982 and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technology Act, 2008, the Governor would cease to be the Chancellor of State Universities. According to Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, the aim of the bill was to follow a common procedure in appointing Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors in the universities under the administrative control of higher education department.
Srihari said that Telangana was not the only state which was amending the act. Many states had already amended the Universities Act. The change, in no way, meant that the government does not have trust in the Governor. The Government has highest respect towards the Governor. This decision has been taken only for administrative convenience. The government would be transparent in the appointment of chancellors and vice-chancellors, he said.
The Deputy CM further said that the education standards have been going down in the recent past and there was no research taking place in Universities. In this scenario, the government contemplated amending the Act and adopting a transparent procedure for recruitment of Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors. Experts in the field would be appointed as Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, he said.