THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The LDF-dominated Syndicate of the University of Kerala removed Registrar-in-charge M Jayaprakas from the post and gave the charge to R Jayachandran, Head of the Department of Hindi.
The undue delay in publication of results of various examinations was cited as the reason for the removal. However, sources said Jayaprakas was removed for not keeping the LDF Syndicate members in the loop regarding key decisions and also due to his proximity to Vice Chancellor P K Radhakrishnan.
The Syndicate also rejected the Vice-Chancellor’s recommendation to appoint Achuthsankar S Nair as the Pro Vice-Chancellor. While eight LDF Syndicate members and four government nominees rejected the Vice Chancellor’s recommendation, three UDF members supported it and an equal number of UDF members abstained from voting. UDF-affiliated Syndicate member B S Jyothikumar raised the issue of delay in publication of results by the University in the meeting. The Syndicate summoned the Controller of Examinations later in the day and sought a detailed explanation from him.
On a complaint that Law Academy Law College former principal Lekshmi Nair studied for two courses at the same time, the Syndicate decided to summon the current principal along with all related documents. The Syndicate also decided to hand over to the affiliation committee a complaint that the Law Academy Law College did not inform the government about amendments to its by-law. Private registration will be allowed for BA Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, Sanskrit, Music, Philosophy, Islamic History, Malayalam, Economics, History, Political Science, English, Afsal-Ul-Ulema, BCom Cooperation and BBA from this academic year.
The Syndicate also decided to recommend to the government that a special probe team be constituted to probe misappropriation of university funds to the tune of `38 lakh by a former Registrar and other persons. The Syndicate has given approval to the appointment of teaching staff carried out till February 22, 2016 in aided colleges. The university apex body also decided to recommend disciplinary action against 76 teachers and eight principals for absence from valuation duty.
Employees have been given sanction for inter-university transfer before completion of probation period. The Syndicate also asked the Vice-Chancellor to re-constitute the Internal Quality Assurance Cell in accordance with the recommendation of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).