The students’ union of Aligarh Muslim University (AMUSU) has again invited former vice-president of India, Hamid Ansari for delivering a lecture at the university. Student leaders also want to confer him with lifetime membership of the students’ union.
AMUSU president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani was in Delhi on Saturday and met Ansari at his residence in this regard.
“On behalf of AMUSU, we extended an invitation and requested the former vice president to visit our campus and deliver the lecture which was earlier scheduled on May 2,” stated Usmani.
“We also wish to confer lifetime membership to the former vice- president during his visit sometime in future. The vice-president is yet to schedule his visit and it would materialise once the dates are finalized,” added Usmani.
To recall, the former vice-president had visited AMU on May 2 for delivering a lecture. The schedule included conferring of life-time membership to him by the AMUSU.
However, the event could not materialise as a conflict took place due to the controversy over the Jinnah portrait at AMU. Right wing activists marched towards the AMU, but students accused the police of ‘allowing’ them into the campus.
In protest, angry students of AMU marched towards the Civil Lines police station but were allegedly cane-charged. Seeking judicial probe into these matters, AMU students went on strike and resorted to hunger strike which was finally called off on Wednesday.
Ansari had recently extended support to the AMU students’ agitation while urging them not to let their studies get affected.