UGC panel suggests changing AMU, BHU names; govt says no such plan

UGC panel suggests changing AMU, BHU names; govt says no such plan

UGC panel suggests changing AMU, BHU names; govt says no such plan

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that no religion is against secularism in the nation.

The panel, which was formed to probe the alleged irregularities in 10 central universities, submitted the recommendations as part of the audit report of AMU.

According to anonymous panel members, the suggestion to rename the universities was considered since both being centrally-funded universities are secular institutions.

"'Hindu" is the beauty of the Banaras Hindu University and likewise "Muslim' is the beauty of the Aligarh Muslim University", Professor Rajendra Singh of BHU told ANI, adding that it was not the case that Muslim and Hindu students were not enrolled in the BHU and the AMU, respectively.

While Aligarh Muslim University was founded in 1875, Banaras Hindu University was founded in 1916.

"The university's 60:40 ratio of Muslim and non-Muslim students was not a designed pattern but due to a large number of courses like Arabic, Urdu and Farsi for which only Muslim students apply", said Tariq Mansoor, the Vice Chancellor of AMU. He said the audit team was mandated to check the academic and financial working of universities and nothing else. "I am certain they also value their traditional name".

It was earlier reported that the audit panel also recommended that the selection process of AMU's vice-chancellor should be changed to align it with the appointment procedure followed by other central universities.

AMU was inspected by a committee comprising IIT-Madras professor Shripad Karmalkar, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University V-C Kailash Sodani, Guwahati University professor Mazhar Asif and IIM-Bangalore professor Sankarshan Basu.

Besides AMU and BHU, other Indian universities that were audited by the panel include the Pondicherry University, the Allahabad University, the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, the Central University of Jharkhand and the Central University of Rajasthan.

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