CLAIMING that the condition of the Muslims has “extensively deteriorated” after Independence, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Zameer Uddin Shah Monday advocated reservation for them in “Muslim universities” such as AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia while adding that Dalits didn’t need such a quota. He, however, added that all the other universities should have reservation for Dalit students.
Talking to The Indian Express, Shah said that the Dalits have been victimized since hundreds of years in India, but the condition of Muslims has extensively deteriorated after Independence.
“If you see the present scenario, Muslims are far behind Dalits in every aspect. I don’t think that if Dalits don’t get reservations in the two universities, it will affect their situation. However, this will surely help the Muslim students who will get those seats,” said Shah, adding that all other universities in the country must have reservation for Dalits.
Shah also quoted a recent statement of BSP chief Mayawati in which she had reportedly said that Dalits do not need reservations in AMU and Jamia. He also said that reports by several panels, including Sachar commission, maintained the fact that Muslims are the most neglected section in India.
Shah was speaking after announcing a joint venture of AMU and Mangalayatan University.