Yogendra Yadav has been sacked from the University Grants Commission for joining Arvind Kejriwal 's political party, Aam Aadmi Party. The government stated that his association with the political party can be dangerous for the UGC as it could witness politicisation of the UGC.
Human Resource Development Ministry came up with a statement yesterday related to removing Yadav from the UGC, “The Central government, in pursuance of powers vested under Rule 6 of the 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.”
Yadav expressed surprise with this decision of the ministry, after which he said, “I am surprised that the government has decided to go ahead with its decision despite knowing there was nothing in the UGC Act, Rules and Code of Conduct that barred an active member of a political party from being a member. Being a student of political science, I understand the games governments play. If you dare to take on a regime, you must be prepared to pay the price,” reported The Hindu.
The HRD ministry had at first sent him a show cause notice on September 4, after which Yadav replied the ministry on September 10, whereby stating that the notice sent to him was politically motivated. He is also reported to have stated that the ideology of Kejriwal's party and UGC is not in conflict as well.
While there is a section of people who also believe that had Yadav joined the Congress party, things would not have turned out the way as it has for the Political Scientist.