KTU: PVC refuses to hand over files to VC-in-charge

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Thiruvananthapuram: With the CPM-allied employees in Kerala Technological University declaring a battle with the Governor-appointed Vice-Chancellor, complaints have surfaced that 8000 applications for certificates have piled up at the university. Students claimed that the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) has stalled the declaration of results of 21 exams.

Of them, engineering students are majorly concerned as many got jobs before the declaration of results and without receiving degree certificates. The students complained that the engineering and MCA exam results that the Controller of Examinations prepared are being held back at the office of the PVC without submitting for the approval of the VC.

The CPM and the University Syndicate are irritated over the appointment of a person not of their liking to the post of the VC by the Governor. Even after three weeks of taking charge, the higher officials and a section of the staff refuse to hand over the files to the VC, leading to the current crisis. The Syndicate has taken the stand that until the writ filed by the Government against the Governor is settled, the files should not be handed over to the VC.

The Governor has given the temporary charge of the VC to Technical Education Senior Joint Director Dr Ciza Thomas.

While considering the writ against the Governor, the university counsel informed the High Court that currently, degree certificates have not piled up at the university, and there are no hurdles in declaring the results of the examinations. The Save University Campaign Committee has submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister and the Higher Education Minister, appealing that the university should not be allowed to crumble.

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