With a President-appointed committee expected to soon submit a report into complaints of financial irregularities against him, AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Aziz says he is "optimistic" about the panel completing its job fairly.
Aziz, who completed three roller coaster years at the helm of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) this month, also contends that his administration has given all support to the two-member fact-finding team.
The Visitor's inquiry team was constituted earlier this year to look into allegations of financial misappropriation, but Aziz's opponents had demanded that he step down to enable a "fair probe".
However, Aziz says his being at the helm would not in any way come in the way of a fair inquiry.
"My directions to the registrar and to the concerned administration officials were to give absolute support to the committee. I am pursuing this to ensure that they do it...," Aziz stated in an interview.
The committee consists of Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan, former chief justice of the Delhi High Court, and retired Justice Akbar N Divecha of the Gujarat High Court.
"There is no reason to not cooperate with the fact-finding committee. We continue to give all support and we are optimistic that they will be able to complete their job properly and fairly," Aziz said.
The committee is the second to look into the affairs after the members of a panel appointed in July last year resigned in October, with one of them alleging that the University authorities were "not cooperating".
The Vice Chancellor's tenure has been marred by persistent criticisms and oppositions by some sections.
Besides the inquiry, the Vice Chancellor has also been at the receiving end in a number of incidents, including a series of suspensions of students, the death of a "gay" professor, and installation of CCTV cameras at the campus.
Unfazed by criticisms and the ongoing inquiry, Aziz is all focused on activating two of the five planned regional centres of the institution where he aims to start at least two courses this academic session.
"The inquiry is taking its own course... our main agenda currently is our regional centres," Aziz said.
The University's plan to establish centres in five remote areas of the country was given a green light by the government, and it has already set in motion the process at the Kerala and West Bengal centres.