Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen Zameeruddin Shah on Friday while reassuring that a team of expert lawyers is ready to fight the legal battle pertaining to the Minority Status of the varsity in the Supreme Court said he has full faith in Prime Minister Modi's wisdom and sagacity.
"We are fully prepared and confident that justice will prevail as we have full faith in our judiciary, and wisdom and sagacity of our Prime Minister who will stand by his belief of 'Sub Ka Saath, Sub Ka Vikaas'", the vice chancellor said in a statement.
"We would like to reassure all well wishers of the AMU that our preparation is ready and we have hired a battery of the best legal brains in the country, comprising Harish Salve, Dr. Rajeev Dhawan and PP Rao. We also hope to engage Gopal Subramanium whenever he is available", he added.
This is second statement of Vice Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah in a span of two days on AMU's minority character. Earlier, the vice chancellor had said that AMU's minority character is a matter of life and death for the institution as well as the Indian Muslim community.
The Vice Chancellor's statement came after the Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that, in the opinion of the HRD Ministry, 'AMU is not a minority institution' and 'as the executive government at the Centre, we can't be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state'.
The change of stand of the Modi's government over the crucial issue had shocked the Muslims and the Aligarh fraternity across the world.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public university funded by the Government of India. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.
According to the 2014 Asia Ranking of Times Higher Education, AMU ranks 3rd among universities in India. The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is on the list of Institutes of National Importance.