Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor Lieutenant General (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah on Monday met the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow and sought support of the Aligarh district administration in maintaining law and order as well as discipline on the university campus.
The development came three days after the V-C wrote an open letter warning students about a katta (country-made pistol) culture,which has spread on the campus and goondas staying in the university halls. Sources said that university authorities had information that some elements who have the patronage of certain Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders were creating trouble on campus. Sources said that Shah informed the Chief Minister about the recent incidents of violence,unlawful acts and indiscipline that occurred on campus. He also told the CM about the suspension of AMU students union (AMUSU) vice-president Taushif Alam,who had allegedly illegally occupied the office of the principal of JN Medical College and used abusive,intemperate and threatening language.
Sources said that the V-C told Akhilesh that there were certain unauthorised elements on campus who were misguiding students by fanning their political aspirations. Sources said that Akhilesh has assured the V-C of all necessary support. Shah apparently told Akhilesh that he was taking all steps to maintain discipline on the campus. However,when contacted the V-C denied any discussion on any particular incident and said that he apprised Akhilesh about various problems existing on the campus. It was only a courtesy meeting with the CM because I have come to Lucknow first time after taking charge as the AMU V-C, Shah said.
Shah also met Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani,who is an alumnus of the university. Shah will meet Governor BL Joshi on Tuesday. The university administration is able to maintain discipline on the campus and the Aligarh district administration is also supporting us, Shah added.
Shah said that he requested the CM to give exemption to the university from house tax and water tax. Shah said that he sought help in restoration of a water body located near Qila on the campus. There were some other development work related issues that I discussed with the CM, Shah said.
In the open letter issued last week,Shah had stated that there had been serious breaches of discipline since the office-bearers of AMUSU assumed office.