SP MP Javed Ali Khan discusses the AMU issue.
What was the issue you raised today?
The three off-campus centres of AMU have not been given enough funds by the HRD Ministry. The number of students studying in these institutions is far below their target capacity. The V-C of AMU has alleged that the HRD Minister is blocking the growth of the university.
Why do you feel AMU has been targeted?
This is the NDA government’s policy of suppressing minority institutions. By reducing funds, it is discriminating against minorities.
How have the other opposition members reacted?
Other opposition members also shared the concern. The NDA government, according to other MPs including Sharad Yadav, Anand Sharma and Sitaram Yechury, has told the court that AMU is not a minority institution.
How do you see AMU’s treatment in the light of events in JNU and Hyderabad University?
This is part of the government’s saffronisation agenda. Wherever the BJP is not in power or does not have enough influence, it is the tendency of fascist forces to suppress the voices of others.
What is your next course of action?
We will try and raise the issue at the highest level, since almost the entire opposition is united on the issue. I will talk to fellow MPs and decide the course of action.