No place for Amartya Sen in Nalanda University board

Sen, who had criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, resigned as Chancellor in February 2015 and publicly lashed out at the BJP-led NDA government after stepping down.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 5:14 pm
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NOBEL LAUREATE Amartya Sen’s nine-year-long association with the Nalanda University, first as a Chancellor and later as a member of the governing board, has come to an end.

Sen, who had criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, resigned as Chancellor in February 2015 and publicly lashed out at the BJP-led NDA government after stepping down. However, he continued to be a member of the governing board, as he was a part of the Nalanda Mentors Group (NMG) since 2007, which was tasked by the Manmohan Singh government with the revival of the Nalanda University.

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But, according to sources, “on November 21, President Pranab Mukherjee, in his capacity as the Visitor of the Nalanda University, approved the constitution of the governing board of the university in accordance with Section 7 of the Nalanda University Act, 2010.”

Besides Sen, former Harvard professor and current Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose and UK-based economist Lord Meghnad Desai — who were all part of the NMG, “which was discharging the functions of the governing board” — have also not been included in the newly-constituted board.

Sources said the governing board has been constituted, with immediate effect, with the following members: “Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, five members from among the member states (India, China, Australia, Laos PDR and Thailand) which provide maximum financial assistance during a period of three years.”

“Former bureaucrat N K Singh, who is now a BJP member, has been nominated as the Indian representative. Apart from him, there are Secretary (East) in MEA, Preeti Saran, two members representing Bihar government, one member not below the rank of additional secretary in the Ministry of HRD, and three members as ‘renowned academicians / educationists’ to be nominated by the central government. These are: Professor Arvind Sharma, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Canada, Professor Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog,” said the source.

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Sources said the President has also approved that the senior-most dean may be temporarily appointed to discharge the duties of the Vice-Chancellor, on completion of the extended term of the current Vice-Chancellor Gopa Sabharwal, which expires on November 24, and in the absence of a new Vice-Chancellor being appointed on or before November 25.

“This will be a stop-gap measure until the new Vice-Chancellor is appointed,” said the source.

The proposal for revival of the Nalanda University was initiated by the previous UPA government in 2007, and the NMG was formed for this purpose. Subsequently, the Nalanda University Act 2010 was passed by Parliament and came into force on November 25, 2010.

According to the Nalanda University Act 2010, the NMG was to exercise the powers of the governing board for a period of one year, with effect from November 25, 2010. “This was later extended to two more years due to the reason that financial contributions from some member states were not received,” sources said.

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The Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill 2013 was introduced in Rajya Sabha in August 2013, for the purpose of amending certain provisions of the Nalanda University Act 2010. This Bill was referred to the standing committee on external affairs which submitted its report to both Houses of Parliament in December 2013.

The Cabinet approved a proposal to move official amendments to the Amendment Bill in February 2014. However, before the Bill could be moved, Parliament was prorogued for general elections. Therefore, the Amendment Bill could not be passed in Parliament.

“Due to these reasons, the term of the NMG which was discharging the functions of the governing board, was extended in November 2013 until a governing board was constituted. This arrangement continued till November 21,” said a source.

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First Published on: November 23, 2016 4:39 am
  1. A
    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    kejriwalji should be nominated in his place
    1. C
      Chander Pal
      Nov 23, 2016 at 10:04 am
      Strange economist who loved nehruvian model of controlled economy. Nehru gave a bad start to India. His economic model was ambador car type junk technology of licence raj, inspector raj. His international diplomacy was of non alignment which when translated was 'neither here nor there, standing in a corner' policy. His acute high rate of income tax laid the foundation for black economy. So better he be out of Nalanda.
      1. L
        Nov 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm
        He already messed up Delhi
        1. L
          Nov 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm
          Truth hurts
          1. L
            Nov 23, 2016 at 1:25 am
            This Sen has no interest in India. He is purest Leftie, why it took so long to keep him here.
            1. S
              Nov 23, 2016 at 10:39 am
              1. M
                Nov 23, 2016 at 12:50 am
                Lefties and Loonies are a drag on people!
                1. ⓡd❀
                  Nov 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                  1. Y
                    Young Indian
                    Nov 23, 2016 at 6:25 am
                    Hey Mr Amartyalt;br/gt;If you are really so proud and confident about your abilities why to make fuss about itlt;br/gt;Get out from where you are insulted/ not valued... go somewhere elselt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The message is very clear you are not valued...
                    1. S
                      Nov 23, 2016 at 6:21 am
                      Our teachers whose books we study . A noble laureate who was politically removed from new university . Our writers whom , we students admire in libraries. who returned their national awards and in return insulted seditious and anti national . I hereby ask the brotherhood of students and all unions. Vote and campaign only for party which ures in their manifesto . That , our gurus who r insulted by political motive powers. Their party once won would officially and formally apologise our gurus and this apology would be on front pages of all news prior day . With all of gurus names . Student brotherhood may prevail all d way . Thank u . Do spread d word .
                      1. A
                        Nov 23, 2016 at 10:40 am
                        He did precious little when he was in charge other than drawing his fat ry. Good he is out.
                        1. A
                          Amit Bhattacharjie
                          Nov 23, 2016 at 5:22 am
                          Good move. These have had their time. Now, give others a chance. New people means new ideas. Good for Nalanda.
                          1. A
                            Nov 23, 2016 at 7:08 am
                            Amarta is in the habit of talking on everything except Economics, his supposed area of specialization. He had been a misfit in Nalanda as his supposed expertise has no connection with Nalanda tradition.
                            1. A
                              Aschutosch Somwanshey
                              Nov 23, 2016 at 5:42 am
                              A very good move. Had he been allowed to continue he would have flooded the entire faculty with JNU types.
                              1. A
                                Ashish Biswas
                                Nov 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                Amartya Sen is now outdated in digital India.
                                1. G
                                  Gora Chatterjee
                                  Nov 23, 2016 at 8:21 am
                                  Prof. Sen openly declares that he cannot accept Modiji as PM of India. This is his only disqualification. He teaches Economics and Philosophy as well. He has to be an RSS man---- like newly appointed Governing Body members.and he has to be a man from Gujarat. That is new India's Gujarati Model of Nation;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Gora Chatterjee, Pondicherry.
                                  1. H
                                    Nov 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                    Mr. Sen should learn to gracefully retire. But he is not going to do that Secus love chair more than anything else.
                                    1. A
                                      A villager
                                      Nov 23, 2016 at 3:28 am
                                      Good riddance of this leftist parasites.
                                      1. T
                                        TrueLier RAGA
                                        Nov 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                                        Bengali will be ready to harm India, but they do not compromise, when it comes anything interests to their language or state. This is the true fact. Another joker Mamata is fighting for freedom to have black money.
                                        1. D
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm
                                          Man you ARE hilarious
                                          1. N
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 6:55 am
                                            He, who is obsessed with Nehruvian socialism or left ideology only is a misfit in modern India.
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