Former Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has resigned from Ashoka University, days after noted columnist and political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta's exit.
In July 2019, PB Mehta had resigned as vice-chancellor of Ashoka University. However, he continued to teach there.
Malabika Sarkar, the then principal advisor of the Ashoka University, was appointed as its vice-chancellor.
Now Subramanian, who was the chief economic advisor to the Narendra Modi government from 2014 to 2018, claims that professor PB Mehta was compelled to leave the university.
"Even Ashoka, with private status and backing by private capital can no longer provide a space for academic expression and freedom, is ominously disturbing," he said.
As per a report published in The Indian Express, Subramanian had joined Ashoka University in July last year as a professor in the department of economics. He is also the founding director of the new Ashoka Center for Economic Policy.
His resignation comes two days after Mehta left the University. Subramanian's resignation will take effect from the end of the ongoing academic year.
In a letter addressed to the University vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar, Subramanian made it clear that Mehta’s exit was linked to the university’s inability to protect academic freedom and expression.