Nalanda University Chancellor resigns from post, cites attack on autonomy as reason

In a statement issued by Yeo, he wrote that the order of the Visitor of the University, dissolving the Governing Board and creating a new one, came as a complete surprise to him and to most of the members of the existing Governing Board.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 5:14 pm
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The Chancellor of Nalanda University, George Yeo, resigned on Friday citing that earlier he was assured of the University’s autonomy but now things had changed. He cited that when he was invited to take charge he was “repeatedly assured that the University would have autonomy. This appears not to be the case now”. Incidentally, the resignation of Yeo comes on the day of the Foundation Day of the University.

In a statement issued by Yeo, he wrote that the order of the Visitor of the University, dissolving the Governing Board and creating a new one, came as a complete surprise to him and to most of the members of the existing Governing Board. He said that he was neither involved nor consulted before the decision was taken.

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Earlier on November 23, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen ended his nine-year-long association with the Nalanda University, first as a Chancellor and later as a member of the governing 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. 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.

Yeo said, “When I was appointed Chancellor in July 2015, I was told that a new Governing Board would be formed under an amended Act, core aspects of which the Ministry of External Affairs sought my views on. The amended Act would have removed a major flaw in the current Act which in essence offers Governing Board seats to East Asian Summit countries making the highest financial contributions in the last three years. This provision, which was never recommended by the Nalanda Mentor Group, would not have been a good way to constitute the Governing Board and was the reason the Government of India requested the Nalanda Mentor Group to continue functioning as the Governing Board for a number of years until the Act could be amended.”

He further said that the reasons for the decision taken were not entirely clear to him.

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Citing the change in leadership of the University, he said that it was a sudden decision that was disturbing and harmful to the University’s development. He said, “When I was invited to take over the responsibility from Amartya Sen last year, I was repeatedly assured that the University would have autonomy. This appears not to be the case now. Accordingly, and with deep sadness, I have submitted my letter of resignation as Chancellor to the Visitor.”

Yeo said that it had been an honour and privilege for him to be associated with the revival of Nalanda over the last decade, to serve as a member of the Nalanda Mentors Group and the Governing Board under the leadership of Amartya Sen, and to be appointed its second Chancellor.

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    anonymous
    Nov 25, 2016 at 10:52 am
    Guys! Please dont read any comments these trolls are working in 24/7 shift to criticise whatever the news which has some negative connotation about the govt, from now onwards please just the news, if you check the names there is a sequence, first one criticises second one upvotes after that second one criticises first one upvotes then third persons joins these useless gang!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These guys are really spoiling their future and also doing disservice to the country, please wakeup and think once what you are doing. Please!
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      SACHIN KUMAR
      Nov 26, 2016 at 3:37 am
      Frequent resignations might be fruitful for the university.
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        outraged
        Nov 25, 2016 at 8:55 am
        Sen and gang belong in jail
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          Raj
          Nov 25, 2016 at 11:14 am
          BJP has serious credibility related issues in areas of education. Seriously, right wingers tend to be poorly educated. How do you lose BG Yeo...?
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            Siv
            Nov 25, 2016 at 8:00 am
            Good riddance. Can't expect more from a body that was initially setup only to siphon funds. First let's account for the 3600 crores that Amartya Sen siphoned off before attacking lack of autonomy.
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              M. Fazal
              Nov 25, 2016 at 7:54 am
              The next people's mandate appears to be round the corner as the fellows chosen by a mere less than 30% of the por mandate and despised and disliked by the 70% and now 90% who regret to have voted for them, has just shot itself in the head by putting common man in extreme poverty to run a currency scam than with any good intentions. lt;br/gt;We can expect a Turkey Erdogan like purge of all Bhakts in the new mandate
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                Indianajones
                Nov 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm
                Subrahmanyam swami may be the ideal replacement!
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                  dskygirl
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 6:01 am
                  Made in India by Congress. He may now go.
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