A total of 200 meritorious students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) were awarded sub-standard gold medals during the 61st annual convocation of the university organised on March 29 earlier this year.
In light of this, the university has blacklisted a Gwalior-based firm, which had supplied these medals awarded to the students of academic session 2012-13. Suspecting an irregularity in procurement of these medals, AMU has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah told The Indian Express the university may lodge an FIR against the supplier firm soon for cheating, and initiate action for recovery from the firm. If any AMU staff’s involvement is found, the V-C said, action will be taken against them, too.
AMU Finance Officer Yasmeen Jalal Beg said the medals were made of Copper-Nickel alloy. A coating of 5 micron gold was desired when the tender was invited. “But, gold plating of only 0.03 micron was found when University got the medals checked at a laboratory in Moradabad,” Yasmeen said.