As Head of State

As Chancellor
Head in other Organisations


The Governor's responsibilities as the Head of the State as enacted in "The Constitution of India" are given as follows. 

 Article   Details
 160 The President may make such provision as he thinks fit for the discharge of the functions of the Governor of a State in any contingency not provided for in Part VI Chapter II of Constitution of India.
 161 The Governor shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, etc.
 163 There shall be Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions except in so far as he is by or under the Constitution required to exercise his functions or any of them in his discretion.
 164 The Governor appoints Chief Minister and other Ministers.
 165 The Governor appoints the Advocate General for the State.
 166 All executive actions of the Governor of a State shall be expressed to be taken in the name of Governor.
 174 The Governor shall, from time to time, summon and prorogue the House and dissolve the Legislative Assembly.
 175 The Governor may address the Legislative Assembly....; The Governor may send messages to the House.
 176 Special Address to the House by the Governor.
 200 The Governor assents, withholds assent, or reserves for the consideration of the Bill passed by the Legislative assembly.
 202 The Governor shall in respect of every financial year cause to be laid before the House.... a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure.
 203(3) No demand for a grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the Governor.
 205 The Governor shall ........cause to be laid before the House another statement showing estimated amount of  expenditure.
 213   The Governor may promulgate the Ordinances under certain circumstances.
 217 The Governor is consulted for appointment of Judges of High Court.
 217 Every person appointed to be a judge of the High Court shall ........make and subscribe before the Governor

........... an oath or affirmation......

Governor's Responsibilities as Chancellor of Universities in State

Under the Universities Act, the Governor is the Chancellor of all the Universities in Kerala and in that capacity he has a direct responsibility as regards the proper management and administration of the Universities. While as Governor he functions with the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers, as Chancellor he acts independently of the Council of Ministers and takes his own decisions on all University matters. 

At present, there are  13 Universities in the State :

1.         University of Kerala

2.         University of Calicut 

3.         Cochin University of Science and Technology.

4.         Mahatma Gandhi University

5.         Kannur University

6.         Kerala Agricultural University

7.         Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. 

8.        Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences

9.        Kerala University of Fisheries and Oceanic Studies

10.      Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

11.      Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art & Culture. 

12.      Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam University. 

13.      Kerala Technological University