The HRD ministry on Wednesday sacked activist Yogendra Yadav from UGC for being a member of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party saying his association with the apex education body may give a scope for its “future politicisation”.
The order issued by the Ministry said, “The central 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.”
After examining Yadav’s reply with reference to UGC Act, rules and relevant court pronouncements, it is established that Yadav joining a registered political party viz.
AAP as an office bearer, his antecedents and credentials at the time of his appointment in July 2011 now stand substantially altered and that his continued association with the UGC as a member may not only set a dangerous precedent, it may even give scope for further politicisation of UGC and its academic decision-making,” the order said.
The HRD ministry had earlier served a show-cause notice to Yadav on September 4.
Yadav had furnished a reply to the ministry on September 10 saying that such an action was contrary to the letter and spirit of the law, rules and regulations and the code of conduct that govern the membership of UGC. He had wondered whether the ministry would have acted with similar “zeal” had he joined Congress.
In a point-wise reply, the order said: “The contention that AAP’s ideology does not conflict with UGC’s functions and powers is erroneous since the HRD ministry has neither the wherewithal nor the intent to verify the ideologies of different parties.”