AMU to have 250-acre branch in Bihar:
The centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Bihar would
come up in 250 acres, instead of 100 acres now, as the Bihar
government has allotted an additional 150 acres of land free to
The Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU), which had been closed sine die on October 30
following violence over the murder of a student, will re-open on
December 1, Vice-Chancellor Professor P K Abdul Azis announced here
today. Prof Azis said the situation created by the agitating
students supported by ''outside elements'' had left no choice for
him to announce closure of the University.
Consequent to the abrupt closure of
the University and in order to minimise the loss of working days,
the University has declared winter vacations from November 16-30.
Prof Azis said the University had
agreed to the demand made on behalf of agitating students by certain
well wishers of the University that the students involved in 'dharna'
should not be victimised.
''Although the students are under
as per the University regulations, the University assured them that
no one will be victimised for participating in the current 'dharna'.
All students so exonerated will be required to submit the
undertaking that they will fully observe the University's Code of
Conduct,'' he said.
He also said the University will
examine afresh the demand for restoration of the Students' Union.
A high-level committee will be
appointed soon to examine the modalities of operationalising the
Lyngdoh Committee Report. The Committee will be asked to submit its
report within three months, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor said the decision
to close down the University was taken in a consultative meeting
after long deliberations.
''Dharna, disruption of
highly provocative speeches, false rumours and allegations,
name-calling by the agitating students supported by outside
elements, including former Student Union leaders and some political
workers who visited and delivered inflammatory speeches at the 'dharna'
site, has surcharged the atmosphere, leaving no option than to
declare closure in order to avert any major crisis,'' he said.
He said now the decision to reopen the
University has been taken in order to save the students from further
loss of their
University's Proctor and Dean
Students' Welfare will arrange 24-hour transportation to the
students from the bus stand and railway station to their respective
halls of residence. Provosts will also keep open the dining hall and
other facilities to welcome the students and facilitate their smooth
in the respective hostels, he said.