Justifying Aligarh Muslim University’s status as a minority institution, where Dalits have no reservation, AMU vice chancellor, Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah said that Dalits would be at “no loss” if they were not granted reservation at AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia.
He stated that even Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati “was convinced that Dalits didn’t want any reservation in these two universities”.
Shah was speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event held on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding between AMU and the Mangalayatan University.
Accepting that Dalits had suffered a lot over the years, Shah said, “Injustice has been heaped upon dalits in our country for thousands of years but 70 years after independence, Muslims have lagged behind even more than Dalits. The Sachar Committee report confirms this fact. So, the country must think about those who are even behind Dalits.”
He, however, added that dalits should be granted reservation at all other state and central universities.
Justifying AMU’s status as a minority institution, Shah said that he had made attempts to convince Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS top brass on the issue.
“At present, the case is pending in Supreme Court. We all should allow judicial proceedings to progress. However, the country will not get any positive results by withdrawing AMU’s minority status.” The AMU VC expressed hope that the varsity will win the legal battle.