The Centre is planning to convert three centres of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) into full-fledged varsities. The move is seen as a way to compensate for the demand to make AMU a minority varsity and is part of a slew of measures aimed at minorities ahead of the general election.
Two AMU centres,Murshidabad in West Bengal and Malappuram in Kerala,besides the one proposed in Kishanganj,Bihar,will be converted to varsities. Land has been allotted for the centre at Kishanganj. There is also a plan to set up a centre in Aurangabad.
Sources said the Human Resource Development Minister M M Pallam Raju and Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan had discussed the issue recently. Now secretary-level talks will take forward the proposal.
The ministries are yet to decide whether the varsities would take the shape of a central university or that of a minority varsity. Details like whether these will be funded by the Minority Affairs Ministry as minority universities or by the HRD through the UGC are to be finalised, an official said. The move to grant minority status for varsities have often been beset by controversies. Meanwhile,the Minority Affairs Ministry is likely to move a Cabinet note for six minority varsities that will offer 50 per cent reservation to minorities.