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Saturday June 1, 2013 0:54 AM, Hena Farhat, ummid.com

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has refused to be covered under the proposed unified administrative system governing all central universities and registered its protest officially against the Pathan committee.

"The Vice Chancellor of the AMU had attended the meeting called by Pathan committee in University Grants Commission (UGC). In the meeting, we lodged our protest for common administration of all the central universities," Rahat Abrar, AMU's spokesperson, said.

Such a provision will undermine the autonomy of AMU and its minority character, he added.

A meeting of Vice Chancellors of all central universities was held at the University Grants Commission (UGC) campus in New Delhi on May 21. Lt. Gen. Zameeruddin Shah, the Vice Chancellor of the AMU, had also attended the meeting but lodged his protest against the proposed set-up.

Shah rejected inclusion of the AMU in any such set-up and said it was outside the purview of the Pathan committee.

"AMU has a distinct minority character and has been established by an Act of Parliament and thus cannot be governed by any such unified system", Shah said in the meeting.

The proposal was earlier opposed by Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA). "The move of the government will adversely affect the autonomy of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)", it said in a statement.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has constituted a committee headed by Prof A M Pathan, V-C of Karnataka University, to prepare a unified administrative procedure for all central universities. The committee will formulate a single admission test, unified syllabus and administrative set-up.

The step is being taken to eliminate anomalies among central universities and to synchronise the academic calendar of these universities.

 

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