- barkha dutt @BDUTT“If @RashtrapatiBhvn showed support for me as Chancellor& then didn’t sign clear govt asked him not to: Amartya intvw”
- Sagarika Ghose retweeted“Academic freedom is under threat in India: Amartya Sen” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Academic-freedom-is-under-threat-in-India-Amartya-Sen/articleshow/46318446.cms?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOIIndiaNews …
- Prof. Sen was a politically connected man. He was made chancellor because of his proximity to congress party, over and above his qualification. In India, chancellor and vice chancellor positions are usually political. Why Prof. Sen is complaining if a different political dispensation does not want to continue with him? However, Mr. Modi’s government has denied any plan to displace Prof. Sen.
- Prof. Sen was a non resident chancellor of the university. He would stay most of the time in the US. He is also close to eighty years old. Should a young university not need a younger person who can devote his complete energy to the organisation?
- Prof. Sen is left of centre in his ideology. He advised UPA government to initiate food security program to alleviate hunger in India. Obviously, he cared for poor. Yet in a desperately poor state of India, a left leaning economist had no qualm drawing salary in US dollars amounting to 80000 dollars a year, tax free! Is this not contradictory to his philosophy?
- Parliamentary committee had found evidence of nepotism in appointment of senior positions in the university. A vice chancellor was appointed, who was not even qualified for the position as per UGC regulation, yet she was drawing a salary of 5 lac per month. Vice chancellor was expected to reside in the campus, but she operated from Nalanda university office in Delhi.
- Vice chancellor, in turn, appointed a few senior level staff who happened to be her friends and not necessarily qualified for the positions.
- It is understandable that Prof. Sen, coming from Harvard, would want autonomy in financial matters of the University. However, unlike Harvard, Nalanda university was running on government fund. To get financial autonomy, the university should have attracted external funds. The university mangement, even with illustrious Prof Sen, have not been able to attract any fund from abroad.
- An amount of Rs. 1000 crore was approved over a period of 12 years for the university. This made, annual budget of the university close to 80 – 90 crore per year. I came across the following twitter messages:
- “@visaraj: Number of students in Nalanda University is 15. Number of Faculty is -11. Amount spent – 2700+ Cr.”
- @kanchanGupta:all for rupees 2700 cr! Sen’s Nalanda has 23 classes, 1200 sq ft, 15 Acs, 2 lecture halls!”
Yet favourite journalists give him prime time coverage to tell his sad story, try to set him up to say PM Modi was directly responsible for his tenure not getting renewed. A person who got his position due to political connection, complains when government of the day does not want him in the post! How much more pathetic can it be?
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