Days after the Tamil Nadu assembly has tabled the Bill to revoke Governor's power to appoint the Vice-Chancellors of the state-run universities, the state now has a crucial development that Chief Minister MK Stalin will be the Founder-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Siddha University, which will be established in the state and this new varsity was announced in the last Budget.
The state government has on Wednesday - April 27 tabled a Bill in the assembly concerning the establishment of the Tamil Nadu Siddha University with the view of enhancing the research in the Indian systems of medicine. The Bill was tabled by Health Minister Ma Subramanian and the new Bill has said the Chief Minister would be the Chancellor (of the Siddha University) and he would have the absolute powers to appoint the Vice-Chancellor.
The Chief Minister will be finalizing the Vice-Chancellor from the three names that were shortlisted by the search committee. The Bill has drawn major attention for pioneering the initiative of the DMK government that is staunchly taking efforts to remove the superior power from the Tamil Nadu Governor as the Chancellor of the universities, amid the ongoing rifts between Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin.
The Siddha University would be offering courses on Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Naturopathy, and Homeopathy. Health Minister Ma Subramanian has said, "The scientific validation of the medicines prescribed by Siddha and other traditional systems must be further researched to be successful all over the world so that the benefits can reach the entire humanity."
He further said, "With the view of developing Siddha and other systems of medicine by giving due thrust for research, the government considers that a separate university would be established." It must be noted that this is not the first time in Tamil Nadu that the Chief Minister has become the Chancellor of the University as late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was the Founder-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University.