Governor stalling Bill on Siddha University as it allows CM to appoint V-C: TN Health Minister

But in Tamil Nadu, in many universities, the chief minister is the chancellor with power to appoint vice-chancellors.
Health minister Ma Subramanian along with students and patients of Yoga and Natural Medicine doing Yoga at their college ground at Annanagar during International World Yoga Day. (Photo | Express)
Health minister Ma Subramanian along with students and patients of Yoga and Natural Medicine doing Yoga at their college ground at Annanagar during International World Yoga Day. (Photo | Express)

CHENNAI:  Governor R N Ravi is yet to give assent for the bill on Siddha University, as the bill states that the chief minister would be the chancellor with powers to appoint vice-chancellors and the governor is against it, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the International Yoga Day event at the Government Yoga and Naturopathy medical college and Hospital, Subramanian said, “The governor’s stand is that only the governor should be the chancellor with powers to appoint vice-chancellors.

But in Tamil Nadu, in many universities, the chief minister is the chancellor with the power to appoint vice-chancellors. In Gujarat and West Bengal, when such a situation came, an amendment to the Act was made making the chief minister the chancellor. All these were pointed out, but the Governor is yet to give assent.

“In Tamil Nadu the demand for Siddha Medicine is high. If the assent is given, Tamil Nadu would be the first state in the country to get Siddha University,” the health minister added.

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