Soon after Union Minister of State for HRD Jitin Prasada left Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after attending an event on campus on Saturday,the university administration suspended its students union (AMUSU) president Shahzad Alam for creating nuisance during the function.
Alam has also been divested of his position as AMUSU president and the university campus has been declared out of bounds for him.
Prasada was in AMU to attend the silver jubilee programme of the centre of distance education at Kennedy auditorium and inauguration of an indoor badminton hall at the university games committee premises.
Alam claimed he had raised the issue of granting minority status to the institution,which irked Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah.
A day before the event,Shah called me at his office. It can be verified from the CCTV footage. He asked me to be soft towards the Congress and not raise any question before Prasada, Alam alleged.
Alam said he had been sitting in the audience and tried to raise the issue of bestowing minority status to the university. However,proctorial team members prevented him from completing the question. Later,after the ministers left the campus,he was suspended.
The AMU administration denied his claim. He came late for the event and created a scene for getting a seat. Then,along with a group,he created a nuisance when the university song and national anthem were sung, said Rahat Abrar,PRO of AMU.
He also said that AMU Executive Council had earlier decried Alams behaviour on March 23 for attacking Shahs car. He was served a warning on March 28, Abrar said.
This is the third suspension in recent weeks. Earlier,Hammad Nabi,former secretary of AMUSU and a student of MSW,was suspended from university rolls for five academic sessions on March 30. AMU had cited gross misconduct and indiscipline as the reason for his suspension.
Taushif Alam,vice-president of AMUSU,was suspended by AMU on March 12 after he allegedly occupied the office of the principal of J N Medical College on the campus. The suspension was revoked after students sat on a hunger strike.
Life at AMU has been far from normal for the past two months. At least three incidents of firing have taken place. Students also took to the streets in a demonstration when they were prevented from appearing in examination due to short attendance.
In a open letter to the students,which was distributed in the hostels,the V-C had blamed AMUSU for indiscipline. He mentioned that katta culture was prevailing on campus. Shah had even met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and apprised him that some former student leaders were fomenting trouble.
On the other hand,AMUSU claims that Shah is acting like a Congress agent. We will not tolerate such incidents. Shah is fulfilling the agenda of the Congress using AMUs platform, Manzar Hussain,secretary of AMUSU,said.
The AMUSU office-bearer held a meeting and condemned the action by the V-C. The students have called a candle march on campus on Monday to protest against the action.