Eminent art historian Kapila Vatsyayan, who resigned from the Rajya Sabha in the wake of the office of profit controversy last year, and noted agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan have been nominated to the Upper House of Parliament.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was the first MP to quit in March 2006 following the Opposition charge that the post of chairperson of National Advisory Council she held was an office of profit and hence attracted disqualification. Kapila Vatsyayan, who was heading the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts-allegedly another office of profit-- had followed suit .Gandhi returned to the Lok Sabha within months, re-elected from Rae Bareli.
Vatsyayan had, however, continued to head the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts to fight a court case by the centre's employees union challenging her appointment. The Delhi High Court upheld her appointment last month, she quit days later.
A presidential order on Tuesday nominated her to the Rajya Sabha for the remainder of her first term; 15 February 2012. She has been nominated against the vacancy caused by her resignation in March 2006.
Parliament had later exempted 56 offices from the purview of the disqualification provision. IGNCA was one of them.
President APJ Abdul Kalam also nominated scientist MS Swaminathan – often described as the father of India's first green revolution – to the Upper House of Parliament.
Swaminathan, 81, headed the International Rice Research Institute at Manila and set up a foundation by his name in Chennai to focus on strengthening information communication system in villages.
His last high profile public assignment was heading the National Commission on Farmers that had submitted a series of reports to the government. The commission submitted its final report last year.