The Aligarh Muslim University Student Un-ion (AMUSU) president Abdullah Azzam has said the media in AMU will be banned if it again reported “misleading” reports.
The comments were made by Azzam on Wednesday at a protest by students at the Bab-e-Syed gate of the university. A controversy broke out on Tuesday after V-C Lt Gen (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah while speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of the Women’s College Student’s Union Monday said that granting permission to undergraduate girls to the Maulana Azad Library will bring “four times more boys” to the already packed library.
“We condemn how the media has portrayed the image of this university, aenda aesa hua, saari media ke newspapers ya channels ko yhan band karwa denge, hume inki zarurat nahi hai (If it is repeated, we will ban all newspapers and channels here, we don’t need them),” Azzam said.
“When one of our sisters from Science faculty went for Chandrayaan project, when our sister won 14 gold medals, where were you? When we raise genuine issues, they fall silent. When the President came here, not one OB came here; but then they created this issue and seven media vans were here. We want to tell you that this institution has not been set up by your donation, it is an autonomous institution, the issues of our home will be resolved in our home,” he said, adding that “the AMU court, executive council and the academic council will address our issues, not (union MHRD minister) Smriti Irani.”
Meanwhile, AMU has also responded to questions asked by the HRD ministry, responding that it is “considering the demand of the undergraduate girl students for access to library.”
On November 11, the MHRD ministry had asked five questions: Details of request of girls for access to library. Whether the request was oral or written. What was the decision of the university administration? What is the basis of the disposal of the request and is there any policy for entry of girls students in the library? Is there any policy for boy students of equivalent level for access to the library?
Also, Aligarh-based Sir Syed Minority Foundation has said it is planning a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi “against the media and against BJP.” Its president Perwez Siddiqui SAID that a date is yet to be decided. The Aligarh units of ABVP and NSUI have also locked horns on the issue.