The Union Government on 18 September 2013 removed social scientist Yogendra Yadav from the membership of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for joining the Aam Admi Party. The Government stated his association with the apex body of higher education may give a scope for its future politicisation.
Erlier, Yogendra Yadav was served a show cause notice on 4 September 2013 by the Union HRD Ministry citing conflict of interest as his antecedents and credentials at the time of his appointment in July 2011 and now stand substantially altered.
In its order, the Union HRD Ministry stated, the Government in pursuance of powers vested under Rule 6 of UGC (Disqualification, Retirement and Conditions of Service of the Members) Rules 1992 hereby retires Yogendra Yadav from the post of member UGC with immediate effect.
The order also stated, Yogendra Yadav, an officer bearer of AAP and his association with UGC as a member, having created a conflict of interest, may not only set a dangerous precedent, it may even scope for future politicisation of UGC and its academic decision making.
About Yogendra Yadav
Profesor Yogendra Yadav is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi since 2004. He is Founder Convenor (1995- 2002) of the Lokniti network and the founder Director (1997-2003) of Lokniti, a research programme on comparative democracy of the CSDS.
Educated in Sriganganar (BA, Rajasthan University), Delhi (MA, JNU) and Chandigarh (M Phil, Panjab University), he taught at Panjab University Chandigarh (1985-1993) before joining the CSDS.
Professor Yadav's areas of interests include democratic theory, election studies, survey research, political theory, modern Indian political thought and Indian socialism.
He was appointed as member of University Grants Commission in July 2011.
Who: Yogendra Yadav
Where: New Delhi
When: 18 September 2013