Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who has been critical of Modi government, has been removed from the governing board of Nalanda University.
Sen’s nine year associate with Nalanda University first as Chancellor and later as a member of the governing board came to an end as President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday dissolved the Nalanda Mentors Group (NMG) – Nalanda University’s de-facto governing board.
Sen, an acclaimed economist, had resigned as Chancellor of Nalanda University in February 2015 and publicly lashed out at the BJP-led NDA government after stepping down. Sen had said that the government did not want him to continue as Chancellor.
Sen was a part of the Nalanda Mentors Group which was tasked by the Manmohan Singh government with the aim of revival of the Nalanda University.
Besides Sen, former Harvard professor and current Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose and UK-based economist Lord Meghnad Desai-who were all part of the NMG have also not been included in the newly-constituted board.
The government has nominated Arvind Sharma of McGill University, ICCR president Lokesh Chandra and Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to the governing board for the three seats reserved for ‘Renowned Academicians/Educationists’.
The other members will be secretary (east), Ministry of External Affairs, an additional secretary-rank official from the human resources development ministry, and two members representing the Bihar state government.
The new governing board has been constituted with the following members: Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, five members from among the member states (India, China, Australia, Laos PDR and Thailand) which provide maximum financial assistance during a period of three years.
Former bureaucrat N K Singh, who is now a BJP member, has been nominated as the Indian representative.