Kolkata: West Bengal’s cabinet on Thursday gave the go-ahead to introduce a bill to make the chief minister the chancellor of public universities instead of the governor. Speaking to the media, the state’s education minister, Bratya Basu, said, “Today the state cabinet gave its consent to the proposal to make the chief minister the chancellor of all public universities in place of the governor. This proposal will soon be presented as a bill to the Assembly.Read also – Job alert! WB Police Officer Recruitment 2022: WBPRB issues notification for 1,600 vacancies
There was no reaction from Raj Bhawan to the decision. According to the governor’s official website, Dhankar is the ex officio chancellor of 17 universities in Bengal. Also Read- West Bengal cabinet gives nod to recruitment of 2020 female police officers
The Safran camp, on the other hand, launched a scathing attack on the Mamata government over the issue. Also Read – Kolkata: Metro Railway to Provide Midnight Service for Cricket Fans During IPL Matches at Eden Gardens
“Mamata Banerjee wants to have all the power in her hands. It’s such a move in that direction. She wants to lead an authoritarian regime where no one can question her actions. It is a tactic to divert people’s attention from burning issues,” Bengal BJP Chief Spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, according to a report by Hindustan Times.
TAMIL NADU PASSES BILL EMPOWERING STATE GOVERNMENT ON VC APPOINTMENT
Early last month, Tamil Nadu passed a bill empowering the state government to take back the power of the governor to appoint vice chancellors of universities.
Chief Minister MK Stalin’s government has long maintained that the state’s inability to appoint VCs has had an impact on higher education. He said several states already had the VC portfolio with the government, including the Prime Minister’s Gujarat State.