The Supreme Court of India on Monday raised objections to the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Aligarh Muslim University has been questioned regarding the appointment of Zameer Uddin Shah as the VC of the university. He is a former Lieutenant General of the Indian army but doesn’t have an academic qualification to be a VC.
A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and AM Khanwilkar said that AMU is a central university. Thus, UGC rules shall be applied. The rules state that VC shall be an academician who has served 10 years as a professor at a university.
“If every other central university follows the regulation why can’t AMU? Why appoint a former army officer? We are not questioning his abilities. We are on the question whether his appointment is according to UGC rules (sic),” the bench added.
Syed Abrar Ahmed is the petitioner challenging the appointment of the VC of AMU. Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the petitioner said that Shah has made illegal appointments in the university.
Bhushan added that UGC Regulations say that a person must be “a distinguished academician with a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professor in a university system or 10 years of experience in an equivalent position in a reputed research and/or academic administrative organisation” to be a vice-chancellor.
Shah just holds a postgraduate degree. AMU disregarded the UGC guidelines and regulations while appointing Shah as the VC in 2010.
The court will hear the case on September 26, that is, on Monday.