It also cited the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, according to which the V-Cs shall be appointed by the Chancellor with the concurrence of the State government.
Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said in the House that though it had been the tradition that the Governor would consult the government, there had been a change in the recent past.
“During the past four years, there has been a trend in which the Governor, without consulting the State government, is functioning as if he has the exclusive right over appointing V-Cs,” he said.
The fact that the State government could not appoint V-Cs for universities under its control affected its administration, Mr. Stalin said.
“As the State government is not able to appoint the V-Cs for universities under its control, it has led to confusion. It is against the ideals of democracy,” the Chief Minister said.
Punchchi panel quote
Citing the recommendations of the Punchchi Commission on the appointment of V-Cs, Mr. Stalin went on to quote the panel: “There would be a clash of functions and powers.”
A total of 19 States, including Tamil Nadu, had accepted the recommendations of the Punchchi Commission, he said.
Soon after the DMK government led by him came to power, when the Union Home Ministry sought its opinion on the recommendations of the Punchchi Commission, Mr. Stalin said his government had accepted them.