HYDERABAD: The state government has decided to appoint judicial officers, eminent administrators and educationists as vice-chancellors. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made this announcement during the discussion on the Bill to amend the Dr BR Ambedkar Open University Act 1982 and the Rajiv Gandhi university of Knowledge Technologies Act, 2008.
Rao said he already met chief justice of the High Court and urged him to give names of some judges for the posts of vice-chancellors.
Amidst walkout by members of Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM and YSRC opposing the Universities Bills, Telangana Assembly passed Dr BR Ambedkar Open University (Amendment) Bill-2016 and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) (Amendment) Bill-2016 on Tuesday.
Instead of governor acting as the chancellor to these two universities, they will now be appointed by the state government through a search committee.
Deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari moved these two Bills and were passed in the Assembly by the TRS with MIM supporting it. While Congress members staged a walkout and BJP, CPI, CPM and YSRCP strongly opposed the move stating that the government wants to politicise the education system in the universities and wants it to rethink on the issue.
Expressing unhappiness over the Amendments made to the Bills, the opposition parties said there were no executive councils in the universities. The government has to allow the governor, who acts as chancellor of the universities, to appoint the vice-chancellors.
BJP floor leader, K Laxman said that the government has to allow the governor to act as the chancellor of the universities as earlier.Intervening in the issue, Rao said that the government and the governor are not different. All the Bills and GOs will be passed only after taking the consent from the governor.
The appointment of chancellors and vice-chancellors will be made after the search committee recommends three names.
Similar exercise will be done for the appointment of vice-chancellors.