Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UGC Panel asked to remove 'M' from AMU and 'H' from BHU

UGC Panel asked to remove 'M' from AMU and 'H' from BHU

The universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras University or be renamed after their founders, the panel member added.

"The government has not made any decision to change the name of AMU and BHU", Javadekar was quoted as saying by ANI.

The clarification by the minister came after reports emerged of the UGC panel recommending that words like "Muslim" and "Hindu" in names of universities like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU)- should be removed as they do not reflect the secular character of the universities.

"AMU and BHU are very old institutions, and we do not intend to change their names".

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Apart from AMU, an audit has also been done on institutions including Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Central University of Jammu, University of Tripura and Madhya Pradesh's Hari Singh Gour University. "Is there a need to change it to show that I am secular?" he said while expressing surprise as to how the recommendations of the central audit team were being divulged to the press without AMU being informed of it.

The committee in its audit of AMU suggested that the institution should either be called just "Aligarh University" or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, reported the Indian Express. BHU registrar Neeraj Tripathi said that he would not comment on the issue till the university received information about it in writing from the government.

The audit, taken up by five committees, spanned across "academic, research, financial and infrastructural" aspects of the universities in question. The panel also suggested that the selection process should be tweaked to align it with the appointment procedure followed by the central universities.

A panel member asserted that the centrally funded universities are secular institutions and the words related to religion do not reflect that character. The committee recommended that there be a five-year gap before former students are recruited to the faculty. The report has also flagged the culture of "inbreeding" in AMU in which a majority of faculty appointments are of its former students.

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