The Central government on Wednesday removed psephologist Yogendra Yadav from the UGC for joining the Aam Admi Party, saying his association with the UGC “may not only set a dangerous precedent but may even give scope for future politicisation of the UGC and its academic decision making.”

This is the first time since the UGC was established that a member has been removed. Professor Yadav, an office-bearer of the AAP, was served a show-cause notice on September 4 by the HRD Ministry. The notice cited conflict of interest “as his antecedents and credentials at the time of his appointment in 2011 and now stand substantially altered.”

In its order issued late in the evening, the Ministry said: “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.”

Prof. Yadav told The Hindu that though he was yet to receive the order, he had come to know about it from the media. “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,” he said.