New Delhi, Oct 9, 2017: A government audit of central universities has suggested the educational institutes Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to drop the words ‘Muslims’ and ‘Hindu’ from their names so as to reflect their secular character, reported the Indian Express.
The suggestion is contained in an audit of AMU by one of the five committees set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on April 25 at the behest of the HRD Ministry to investigate complaints of irregularities against 10 central universities.
However, the AMU audit did not cover BHU but referred to the institution’s name in its report.
In its audit of AMU, the committee suggested that the institution should either be called just ‘Aligarh University or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. It cited the same reason to recommend that BHU’s name be amended, too.
According to panel members, who did not wish to be identified, the suggestion stems from the logic that AMU, being a centrally-funded university, is a secular institution.
Apart from AMU, the institutions that were subjected to an “academic, research, financial and infrastructure audit” by the committees include: 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.
AMU and Pondicherry University were 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.
The panel’s mandate was limited to infrastructure and its academic, research and financial operations in these universities.