The University Grants Commission Act, 1956 specifies a three-year tenure for a member “unless he sooner becomes disqualified for continuing as such.”

The University Grants Commission (Disqualification, Retirement and Conditions of Service) Rule, 1992 provides for the following grounds of disqualification: “(a) if he becomes of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court; or (b) if he is an undischarged insolvent. If any member is, without permission of the Commission, absent from any four consecutive meetings of the Commission, he shall cease to be the Member.”

There is no mention of participation in political activity or affiliation to a political party as a ground for disqualification. Service conditions of a government servant apply to the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman who are full-time employees, but not to members.