Thiruvananthapuram: BJP State President, K Surendran, demanded the resignation of Higher Education Minister, R Bindu, for sabotaging the appointment list of Principals to government arts and science colleges. He said that it is a case of the fence eating the crops.
K Surendran accused the Minister of misusing her power and said that she has already turned the Higher Education sector into AKG Center (the state office of communist party). He said that when party cadres could not get appointment based on their merit, she made changes to the appointment list and filled it with unqualified persons. This makes her ineligible to continue as the minister.
The BJP leader said that Minister Bindu do not have the authority to block the appointment of the forty-three candidates, who were approved by the departmental promotion committee. What the Minister has done is a violation of her oath of office and nepotism.
He remarked that when the SFI is bringing shame to the Higher Education in Kerala with fake certificate and mark list scams, the Higher Education Minister herself is getting involved in corruption.
K Surendran added that the government, which is responsible to save the Higher Education in Kerala, is pushing it further down. He said that it is shocking that thousands of seats for degree courses are left vacant in every university in the state.
Surendran also demanded that the Chief Minister must break his silence over the issue. The CM had promised to make Kerala a hub of Higher Education sector. He also accused the government of lapse for losing two hundred medical seats because of the unavailability of teachers and poor infrastructure.
He also accused the SFI’s violence and threatening for the migration of students from Kerala. With thousands of degree seats lying vacant in universities, the Higher Education sector has turned into another white elephant.
Surendran added that while thousands of students from Kerala are going outside the state for higher education, not one student from outside the state is coming to Kerala to pursue studies here, which is boasting of becoming the hub of Higher Education.
He also questioned the need of a Higher Education Ministry if the situation is like this.