Yogendra Yadav sacked from UGC over AAP affiliation

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Yogendra Yadav sacked from UGC
New Delhi, Sept 19: Activist Yogendra Yadav was shocked after he was sacked on Wednesday from the University Grants Commission (UGC), saying that he was surprised with the government's decision.

Yadav, who is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal, was sacked from his post citing that his association with the AAP may give 'scope for the future politicisation of the UGC.'

Yadav was served a show cause notice on September 4 by the HRD Ministry citing conflict of interest as 'his antecedents and credentials at the time of his appointment and now were substantially altered.'

Yadav slammed the decision and said that he wondered if the Ministry would have acted in the same manner, had he joined the Congress. He said that he has not yet decided how to take the matter ahead as this was the only way that he could contribute to higher education.

Yadav: Would the Ministry have acted the same way had I joined Congress

He even said that the move may have been politically motivated. "I have been a student of politics. I know if you oppose the regime, you need to pay a price for it," he said.

He said that it was well within the norms of the UGC, that does not bar a politician from being a member of the UGC, so the decision had come as a surprise.

Yadav had been vocal about several policies in the past that the ministry had initiated and says that the ministry wanted to get rid of him because he was like an obstacle, in the way of what the ministrt was pushing through its agenda in the UGC.

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