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West Bengal govt to move bill to appoint CM as Chancellor of state universities

26/05/2022 at 6:09 PM

Kolkata, May 26: West Bengal government has decided to introduce a bill in the Assembly to make the Chief Minister Chancellor of all state universities in Bengal replacing the Governor.

The state cabinet gave its consent to the proposal to make the Chief Minister the Chancellor of all state-run universities in place of the Governor.  This proposal will soon be introduced as a bill in the Assembly, said state Education Minister Bratya Basu.

The decision comes in the backdrop of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s clash with the state government over appointments of vice-chancellors across universities.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had earlier alleged that the state government had appointed several Vice-Chancellors without Raj Bhavan’s consent.

Earlier this year, Governor Dhankhar had alleged that VCs of 25 universities were appointed illegally without Chancellor’s approval.

The governor is at present the chancellor of the state-run universities.

Earlier last month, Tamil Nadu had passed a bill that empowers the state government to take over the Governor’s power of appointing vice-chancellors to universities

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