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Tamil Nadu CM’s plan as university chancellor may come UGC’s way

The Governor says that he has a very good relationship with the Chief Minister and the government.

The Governor says that he has a very good relationship with the Chief Minister and the government.

Governor RN Ravi on Friday indicated that various bills passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly to replace the governor with the chief minister as the chancellor of state universities may be hampered as they appear to be inconsistent with the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. .

In an informal interaction with senior journalists of select media organizations at Raj Bhavan, he said that the bills are being examined and the view emerging is that these bills are not in line with the UGC Act, which laid down the standards and procedures. Is. higher education institution.

“The view that is emerging is that they appear to be inconsistent with the UGC Act and the rules. If this turns out to be the final view, obviously it will be difficult for the Governor to agree to it. But I am waiting. am going [final] See,” he said.

The Governor said that some of these have also been conveyed to the government.

Referring to the case of Siddha Vishwavidyalaya Bill, Mr. Ravi said that he had pointed out discrepancies even at the stage of giving consent to introduce the Bill. However, it came back in the same form and therefore “must pass the test”.

Pointing out that education is in the Concurrent List, Mr. Ravi said that if there is an inconsistency (with central rules) or if a Bill is counterproductive, it will be difficult to clear it.

Clarifying that as the constitutional head of the state, he was here to assist the state government and not to violate boundaries, he reiterated his stand that governance is the responsibility of the government.

At the same time, he underlined that the Constitution obliges the Governor to assent to a bill, to withhold assent or to exercise the options for the President to reserve it. Unless it was a Money Bill, the Governor was not bound to give it suo motu. All bills are processed and there are instances in which he raises comments and based on the response, “I do what the Constitution requires me to do.”

Shri Ravi reiterated that Tamil Nadu is a progressive state and is at the forefront of various parameters like human development, education, health, infrastructure, industry and poverty alleviation.

He rejected the idea that he was speaking in support of Sanatan Dharma and expressing opinions which are consistent with a particular political thought. “I express my views within the confines of the Constitution…,” he said, arguing that there can be no universal consensus on either point of view.

The Governor said that he has a very good relationship with the government. “He is very nice, very nice people, absolutely humble. Be it chief minister or minister, I have no problem with him. I consider him as a very good friend,” he said.

Mr. Ravi believed that Chief Minister MK Stalin was a noble person who wanted to do good for the state and its people. “He is doing to the best of his ability, but he has to get it to the system,” he said, adding that whenever he felt the need to share any concerns, he corresponded with Mr. Stalin. “I believe that if I have a concern and make it public, it doesn’t help; it only creates bitterness,” he said.

The Governor shared his concern about the falling standards of education and felt that universities were operating in isolation, which was not healthy. “My priority has been to improve the quality of education in universities,” he said, reiterating his belief that the National Policy on Education-2020 was a revolutionary document.

Law and order

Recognizing that Tamil Nadu is known for maintaining good law and order and the state police is ranked among the most professional police organisations, he was concerned about violence against scheduled castes, Adi Dravidians and women. “When I see the data, it is something that worries me. It impacts on social harmony and which is very important for our development and prosperity,” he said under the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act. Expressing concern over the poor conviction rate in the registered cases, he said.

Mr. Ravi said that no matter what others felt, he was aware that he could not let personal prejudices influence decisions. Whether he is the governor of any state, his role remains the same.

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