Citing its minority character,Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has refused to be covered under a proposed unified administrative system governing all central universities in the country.
The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has constituted a committee headed by Prof A M Pathan to prepare a unified administrative procedure for all central universities. The committee will formulate a single admission test,unified syllabus and administrative set-up.
The step is being taken to eliminate anomalies among central universities and to synchronise the academic calendar of these universities.
A meeting of V-Cs of all central universities was held at the University Grants Commission (UGC) campus in New Delhi on May 21. Lt. Gen. Zameeruddin Shah,the V-C of AMU,too attended the meeting but lodged his protest against the proposed set-up.
Shah rejected inclusion of AMU in any such set-up and said it was outside the purview of the Pathan committee. At the meeting,Shah claimed that AMU has a distinct minority character and has been established by an Act of Parliament and thus cannot be governed by any such unified system.
Rahat Abrar,AMUs spokesperson,stated that AMU had registered its protest officially against the Pathan committee. The V-C of AMU had gone to attend the meeting called by Pathan committee in UGC. But we lodged our protest for common administration of all the central universities, Abrar said. Such a provision will undermine the autonomy of AMU and its minority character,he added.
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