Atmosphere of uncertainty over Nalanda, says Nitish Kumar

Sources at the chief minister’s house insisted he had no idea about Sen’s removal from the board and that Yeo had been kept out of the loop.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:November 27, 2016 1:21 am
Nitish Kumar, Nalanda, Nalanda University, Nalanda VC, Nalanda Chancellor, Nalanda University chancellor, India news Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at an exhibition in Patna Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reacted sharply to Nalanda University Chancellor George Yeo’s resignation, saying that the idea of the varsity would suffer if the people associated with its foundation leave like this. He hailed Yeo and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen as the people, who have contributed immensely to the shaping of the university. Kumar requested the Centre to ensure that the institute’s nature and distinct features remain intact.

“There has been an atmosphere of uncertainty because of the current goings-on. If all people associated with the university’s formation leave, the spirit of idea of (the) Nalanda (University) is bound to suffer,” he said at a function on Friday. He indirectly referred to Sen’s removal from the university board.

Sources claimed that the Centre had corresponded with Kumar about the dissolution of the university’s governing body. But sources at the chief minister’s house insisted he had no idea about Sen’s removal from the board and that Yeo had been kept out of the loop.

The dissolution coincided with Gopa Sabarwal’s appointment as the interim vice-chancellor. Sabarwal, who had been given a year’s extension and had completed her tenure on November 24, called Yeo one of the architects of the university while expressing her disappointment over his resignation. She said that the board had taken a call on this when asked about ambiguity and controversies surrounding her appointment and extension. “We had been hearing about proposed amendments to the Nalanda University Act, 2010 for sometime for complete clarity on appointments and other matters. But it did not happen.’’

A Nalanda University source explained that the erstwhile Nalanda Mentor Group was supposed to be the first governing body for a year until a regular board was constituted in accordance with the Act. “Since then, the erstwhile Mentor Group has been continued as the governing body in a certain irregular sense. It has been constituted in accordance with the Act only three days ago by the visitor,’’ said the source, claiming that Yeo would have been upset at “not being kept in the loop” over the proposed move. “Sabarwal’s matter coming close to Prof Sen being kept out from the new board could have provided the trigger.”

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    Nov 29, 2016 at 6:34 am
    People who are commenting against the Government's decision, are not aware of the ground reality. Though Mr. Nitish Kumar laments the resignation of Chancellor, he must know that the outgoing VC Dr. Gopa Sabharwal was a complete failure. During her 6 years of tenure, she requited those people who are close to her or her friend Anjana Sharma personally. Since the beginning of the cles in 2013, a lot many key employees had left the organisation due to Sabharwal's unethical behaviour towards them. This includes, Director Administration, Registrar,Director Admission, University Engineer, the first Finance Officer, her Executive istant, two Professors Negol from South Korea and Arne Hams from Germany, one student from Historical Studies and few lower level employees. This is because, the people who tried to speak against the dictatorial atude of Miss Sabharwal were forced to submit resignation and later on it was showed that the person himself left due to some reason. During her tenure the university was shrouded under nepotism and hegemony. Besides, there was a huge misuse of university funds. Sabharwal was propagating a club culture within the vicinity of the interim campus. Lavish parties were thrown out to those who are closed to her and for example a good amount of money was spent in alcohol in the name of buying beverages and other soft drinks. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are many dark realities and really sad that the ideology of the original Nalanda University was tarnished under the tenure of Gopa Sabharwal. A probe should be made in this regard and the culprits should be brought to the book.