After a recent government audit of irregularities in Central Universities a UGC panel has recommended removing the words ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ from BHU and AMU respectively. The panel said,”words such as ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ in names of universities, Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University do not reflect their secular character and should be dropped“.
These universities are centrally funded and are secular institutions but such word does not reflect that character, a panel member on the condition of anonymity said to the media.
However, the professors didn’t look happy with the suggestion, ANI quoted Professor Rajendra Singh of BHU as saying,”‘Hindu’ is the beauty of the Banaras Hindu University and likewise ‘Muslim’ is the beauty of the Aligarh Muslim University.It was not the case that Muslim and Hindu students were not enrolled in the BHU and the AMU, respectively”, he said.
The PR committee of the Aligarh Muslim University told that the university has always been a secular institution, in contrary to the opinion of the UGC.”The names, ‘Aligarh Muslim University’ and ‘Banaras Hindu University’, do not mean that these universities are not secular. They have always been secular” committee member Mohammad Asim Siddiqui told ANI.
According to the latest report by Indian Express HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar on has dismissed suggestions of changing the names of the Universities.
The UGC panel was formed to carry out the “academic, research, financial and infrastructure audit” in 10 central universities and the recommendations have been made in the audit report of AMU. The universities that were part of the audit were BHU,AMU,Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Central University of Jharkhand, Central University of Rajasthan, Central University of Jammu, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha,University of Tripura and Hari Singh Gour University in Madhya Pradesh.
ht : IndianExpress