The one who until today held the portfolio of Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells, has decided to leave his post in the coalition government. The professor has made this decision at the age of 79 and after working as a minister for nearly two years.
The decision has been made by Castells himself, who has alleged personal reasons. His election as minister was promoted by the commons of Ada Colau and his most relevant project in his stage as minister has been the university law, which seeks a reform of many aspects in the university environment, but which has not yet been approved.
Joan Subirats, Professor in Political Science and Councilor for Culture and Education in the Barcelona City Council until a few months ago when he announced his retirement, he will be his successor, as sources from Podemos have confirmed to the SER. He is a person of the utmost confidence in Ada Colau, and he was the founder of the first platform that the mayor of Barcelona started, called Let’s win, with Jaume Asens.
The news, advanced by elDiario.es and confirmed by Government sources to Cadena SER, it has not been excessively surprising, since last July there was great disbelief within the Government when the continuity of Castells was confirmed, due to the fact that he is a minister with a low profile and he did not have all the supports within the purple formation. In the absence of official confirmation, this Friday his departure could be made effective in the Council of Ministers.
Castells leaves pending the main project of his Ministry
Manuel Castells has been one of the ministers with the least public projection in the almost two years that he has been in the Government, and he has left the most important project of his department pending approval: the university law.
Thus, his departure occurs without completing that bill that is still being negotiated with the parliamentary groups and that, despite the minister’s attempts for consensus, has caused complaints from teachers, rectors and students who even called a strike a few years ago. weeks, although the strike did not have much impact.
In addition, it also leaves the status of teaching and research staff pending. In his two years at the helm of the ministry, Castells has been criticized for his little public exposure, especially during the pandemic. However, in this time it has managed to carry out a new decree of university education to improve the quality of the campuses, in addition to approving the law of coexistence and the reduction of fees.
The departure of the professor is the fourth change that has occurred within the coalition government since the legislature started in January 2020. Salvador Illa was the first to leave to stand in the Catalan elections, who was replaced by Carolina Darias in the Health portfolio, which led to the assignment of Miquel Iceta in the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Finally, the departure of Pablo Iglesias as second vice president of the Government promoted Yolanda Díaz to this position, so that Ione Belarra would occupy the portfolio of Social Rights and Agenda 2030.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.