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Nalanda University Chancellor George Yeo resigns, cites lack of autonomy
The Chancellor of Nalanda University, George Yeo, has resigned from his post. Yeo is the second Chancellor of Nalanda University to resign from the post. The first Chancellor of the University to resign from his post was Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.

Yeo resigned on Friday saying the university's autonomy was being affected as he was "not even given notice" of the leadership change in the institution.

"The circumstances under which the leadership change in Nalanda University has been suddenly and summarily effected is disturbing and possibly harmful to the University's development," Yeo said in a statement to the members of the earlier Board of the university.

"It is puzzling why I, as Chancellor, was not even given notice of it. When I was invited to take over the responsibility from Amartya Sen last year, I was repeatedly assured that the University would have autonomy. This appears not to be the case now. Accordingly, and with deep sadness, I have submitted my letter of resignation as Chancellor to the Visitor," Yeo said.

Yeo said, "When I was appointed Chancellor in July 2015, I was told that a new Governing Board would be formed under an amended Act, core aspects of which the Ministry of External Affairs sought my views on. The amended Act would have removed a major flaw in the current Act which in essence offers Governing Board seats to East Asian Summit countries making the highest financial contributions in the last three years. This provision, which was never recommended by the Nalanda Mentor Group, would not have been a good way to constitute the Governing Board and was the reason the Government of India requested the Nalanda Mentor Group to continue functioning as the Governing Board for a number of years until the Act could be amended."

As per reports, the reconstitution of the Governing Board in accordance with provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 was approved by the President.

Yeo also said that it was an honour for him for being associated with the revival of Nalanda, serving as a member of the Nalanda Mentors Group and the Governing Board under the leadership of Amartya Sen, and to be appointed its second Chancellor.

The university's Vice-Chancellor, Gopa Sabharwal's extension expires on Thursday. This charge has been temporarily given to the senior-most Dean of the University member.

The new governing board of the varsity will be a 14-member body which will be chaired by the chancellor. The body will also comprise of the vice-chancellor, along with five members nominated by India, China, Australia, Laos PDR and Thailand.

India will be represented by former revenue secretary NK Singh. Singh was also a member of the Nalanda Mentors Group.

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