The vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Zameeruddin Shah on Monday revealed that, during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he cautioned the latter against any move to change the minority character of the university as it would be a setback for the nation.
Shah made this revelation while addressing a seminar on “Communal Harmony” organised by Sir Syed Awareness Forum in the university staff club.
A five-member delegation led by Shah met Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, wherein the vice-chancellor had raised the issue of AMU’s minority status before the PM.
Addressing the seminar Shah further said, “I requested the Prime Minister not to interfere with AMU’s minority status as the sentiments of Indian Muslims are attached to it. Also, the issue of restoration of minority character of AMU is pending with the Supreme Court.”
“I also reminded the Prime Minister that in 1980 the Janata Party had promised to restore the minority character of the university in its manifesto. I asked him that if he was committed to ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ then why should the government try to alter AMU’s minority status” added Shah.
He also apprised the Prime Minister of the ongoing research on cleaning the Ganga at AMU.
Referring to the reported “illegal” establishment of the varsity’s three off-campus centres in Kerala, West Bengal and Bihar, he asserted that they had been approved by concerned authorities.