Calicut University syndicate passes resolution against CAA

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KOZHIKODE: The Calicut University syndicate has passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The sydicate passed the resolution unanimously in the meeting held on Wednesday.

The resolution moved by syndicate member K K Haneefa said that there were widespread concerns among the academic community about the CAA as it was discriminatory and against the secular ethos of the Constitution. The resolution urged the Central government to revoke the Act.

In a related development, the syndicate also decided to conduct a national cultural festival to promote social cohesion and communal harmony in the society. The varsity has set aside Rs 10 lakh for the conduct of the seven- day fest which will be attended by noted writers and intellectuals. The festivalwill be held in March.

Also the syndicate decided to institute the Mohammed Abdurahiman Chair for Secular Studies considering the application by the Mohammed Abdurahiman Trust.

The varsity will honour Padma Shri awardees Prof. K S Manilal who had served as faculty in the varsity Botany department and Prof. T Pradeep of IIT, Chennai who was an alumnus of the varsity.

The syndicate meeting decided to seek legal opinion from the varsity standing counsel on the action to be taken on the inquiry committee report on the alleged irregularities in the framing of syllabus of UG Malayalam common course and the changes made in the syllabus allegedly to help private text book publishers.

The varsity decided to constitute a pension fund by earmarking Rs 30 crore from the varsity own- fund for the purpose.

The university has also decided to prepare a list of eminent persons who will be conferred the title Emeritus Professor of the varsity.

The syndicate decided to renew the contract of the teaching and non-teaching staff in the self- financing institutions run by the varsity.

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