Nine schools affiliated to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be brought on par with Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV). The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allocate Rs 84 crore to the varsity to help these schools meet KV parameters.
A majority of the 15,000 students in these schools, including the one run by the AMU Students Union, are Muslims.
The decision came at a time when the UPA government has announced several schemes for the welfare of minorities in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. The government had announced 4.5 % reservation for minorities in 27% seats reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in jobs and admissions.
Upon a directive from the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, the UGC will also provide money to the varsity administration to take over ABK High School, started by the students union in 1946. The school has more than 3,000 students and 94 teachers.
However, the UGC has decided the school will be taken over only if the present management structure can be razed and the school staff upgrade their skills to fulfill KV norms. “Time will be given to the existing staff to upgrade their skills,” UGC chairperson Ved Prakash told HT.
The UGC will increase the teachers’ salaries once they upgrade their skills.