Amendments made by the government to laws governing universities now enable the Governor to function as chancellor of universities in absence of a chief minister.
Official documents in possession of Greater Kashmir reveal that Governor would be chancellor of Islamic University of Science & Technology, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and Cluster Universities at Srinagar and Jammu whenever the state is under Governor's or the President's rule.
The amendments were necessitated as these varsities were without chancellor after Mehbooba Mufti resigned as chief minister on June 19.
"During Governor's rule all the powers of the chief minister are exercised by the Governor. So we have to add a proviso that Governor shall be their chancellor in absence of an elected government," said commissioner secretary higher education Sarita Chouhan,
Normally, the CM is the chancellor of these four varsities, while the Governor is the chancellor of five other varsities—Kashmir University, Jammu University, SKUAST Srinagar, SKUAST Jammu and Mata Vasihno Devi University.
While BGSBU and IUST came into existence respectively in 2002 and 2005, the Srinagar and Jammu Cluster Universities were established in 2016 by an Act of state legislature.
Both BGSBU and IUST are partly funded by the Wakaf Board and Wakaf Council, the institutions which look after Muslim shrines and properties in the state.
The state came under Governor's rule on June 20, a day after BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government.
During the Governor's rule, the Governor assumes all functions and powers of the state legislature, including its law-making powers.
However, the laws passed during Governor's Rule, known as Governor's Acts, are effective for two years from the day the governor's rule ends. However, the Assembly can revoke or retain these Acts before the two-year period.
In the past four months, the incumbent and the former Governor have made amendments in more than 10 laws.