DEMANDING FINANCIAL support at par with other central universities, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah and Pro-Vice Chancellor Brigadier (retd) Syed Ahmed Ali met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday.
“We highlighted our achievements before the PM and presented a comparative table of funding to other central universities like BHU, JNU, DU and Jamia Millia Islamia. The PM gave us a very patient hearing and assured us of full financial support in rectifying the anomaly and more funds to AMU,” Ali told The Indian Express after the meeting.
“We also discussed that due to paucity of funds, all our efforts go waste. Like, we are doing pioneering work in nanotechnology and we need financial support for it. We are quite satisfied with the meeting, which was very positive,” he added.
During the meeting, authorities presented before the PM AMU’s achievements, including its scientists being actively involved in the Clean Ganga and Yamuna projects and the university collaborating with the Ministry of Heavy Industries in harnessing solar power for automotive purposes.
Further, the V-C stressed for immediate funding for the construction of a permanent building at the three AMU centres in Malappuram in Kerala, Murshidabad in West Bengal and Kishanganj in Bihar. RJD MP Taslimuddin, who was also present during the meeting, too requested for funds for the Kishanganj centre.
Moreover, Shah pointed out to the PM that some disgruntled elements were engaged in spreading rumours, which were detrimental to AMU and was also a blot on his personal honour. “The Prime Minister said that the vice-chancellor should reply… The Prime Minister has known Lt Gen Shah for the last 15 years,” Ali said.
On December 9, Shah had met President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him about inadequate funding to AMU centres, mainly Kishanganj. On December 1, AMU students — led by BJP MP Bhartendra Singh — had met HRD Minister Smriti Irani demanding release of funds for Kishanganj centre, following which, a proposal for Rs 134 crore was cleared for the purpose by the ministry.