Citing breach in the autonomous status of the Nalanda University, Chancellor George Yeo had today resigned from his post. The former foreign Minister of Singapore, who was appointed as the Chancellor of the University on July 2016, stated that though he was assured of the autonomy of the University, the situation happened to be different in recent times.
In a statement issued today, Yeo claimed that he was surprised by the decision of the Visitor of the University, dissolving the Governing Board to create a new one. Stating that most members of the governing board were unaware of the decision taken by the Visitor, the chancellor claimed that he was neither informed or consulted about the move.
The 60-year old, who was part of the prestigious university at Rajgir in Bihar, was nominated for Padma Bhushan in 2012.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary, Ram Madhav, criticized the decision taken by George Yeo, stating that it is strange for the chancellor to resign if the President had formed a new governing body.
In a tweet, the BJP General Secretary mentioned,”President in his capacity as Visitor constituted Governing Board now with eminent people. Yeo’s complaint that he was not consulted strange.”
Earlier, on November 23, former Chancellor of the Nalanda University, nobel Laureate Amartya Sen had also resigned from his posts, first as a chancellor and afterwards as the member of the governing board. The nobel laureate slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government, post his resignation. Amartya Sen was a part of the governing body of the University since 2007.
Expressing grief over his resignation, George Yeo, in a statement mentioned that at the time of his appointment, last year, post Amartya Sen’s resignation, he was assured of the autonomy of the university, while the decision taken by the Visitor of the University to appoint a new governing body, without his knowlege, defies the assurance on autonomy.