Over 200 academics have opposed Prof Yogendra Yadavs removal from the University Grants Commission (UGC) by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry on grounds of his political affiliation.
In a letter to HRD Minister Pallam Raju,Romila Thapar,Mushirul Hasan,Irfan Habib and Krishna Kumar,among others,have expressed their support for Yadav. The Citizens Committee in Support of Prof Yogendra Yadav has said his removal demonstrates utter disregard for the autonomy invested in the UGC.
The ministry last week retired Yadav as Member UGC saying there was a clear case of conflict of interest arising out of his affiliation to the Aam Aadmi Party.
It is evident that the decision of serving the show cause notice stems from the fact that Prof Yogendra Yadav chose to be an active member of the commission who recorded his objections with regard to several matters of national importance,such as the introduction of the four-year undergraduate programme at Delhi University,bypassing of the recommendations of the UGC committee in notification of the API (Academic Performance Indicator) scheme,closing down of Centres of Social Inclusion & Exclusion,and the decision to set up an inter-university centre on teacher education in a technological university that does not even have a department of education, reads the letter.
At a meeting in Delhi too,activists and academics protested against his removal. An apology must be given and Prof Yadav be reinstated. The issues that he pointed out must be looked into, said Nandita Narain,president,Delhi University Teachers Association.