Day after protests, AMU decides to hold students’ union polls at the earliest

‘Polls will be held in conducive atmosphere’

By: Express News Service | Agra | Published:September 23, 2016 12:17 am
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After facing an aggressive protest by students who gheraoed the Vice-Chancellor’s residence late Wednesday night, the Executive Council of the Aligarh Muslim University Thursday unanimously resolved to hold elections to the AMU Students’ Union, Women’s College Students’ Union and for the students’ representation on the AMU Court at the earliest. The process for the election should begin as soon as possible, the Executive Council decided in a special meeting. The meeting was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah.

According to a notification issued by the AMU Registrar, Asfar Ali Khan, the Executive Council has constituted a committee, with Prof M Amanullah Khan as its head, to discuss all issues with the students.

The members of the committee include Prof (Hafiz) Mohd Ilyas Khan, Prof H S A Yahya, Prof Mirza Mohd Sufyan Beg, among others. The Registrar has been named the Convener.

The Executive Council made it clear that elections will be held only when there is a conducive atmosphere, and the undesirable elements are shunned by the students themselves.

“The university has made it clear that the channel of communication will be kept open, despite the fact that the efforts of a team of senior teachers failed to get the necessary response from contestants though it waited for them for one hour at 2 pm today. It may be noted that the Vice-Chancellor personally spoke to several contestants at 9 pm on September 21 and at 5.40 am on September 22,” said university spokesperson Rahat Abrar.

Elections to the AMU student body were cancelled Wednesday citing a “disturbing situation” due to the participation of expelled students and “criminals” during the poll campaign. Incidentally, elections to the university’s students’ body were cancelled last year too following the murder of a student, Alamgir.