‘Inbreeding’ at Aligarh Muslim University affecting diversity: Central panel
“Inbreeding” at Aligarh Muslim University is affecting diversity on the campus, a committee set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has stated in its report, recommending that the vice chancellor’s quota in admission be done away with.
It has also recommended that admissions to the medical college run by the university should be conducted through NEET.
The committee was constituted by the UGC at the behest of the human resource development ministry to audit 10 central universities to probe complaints of financial, administrative and academic irregularities.
Sources privy to the committee report said it pointed towards the “menace of inbreeding” wherein those studying in schools run by AMU got admission to the university and were in many cases taken up as faculty, affecting diversity.
“The university runs a number of schools and students passing out of these take admission in the university and in many cases they are then considered for faculty positions and end up getting absorbed too. This naturally affects diversity as students from across the country should be considered,” a senior ministry official quoted the report as stating.
The committee has also pointed out the university has a VC quota of 20% for admissions and recommended it should be done away with as it is not there in other central universities.
The findings of the report will be considered by the ministry and the UGC for further action.
The medical college under the university has its own system of admission and doesn’t follow the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). The committee, officials said, has recommended that the medical college conduct admissions through the NEET.
The committee further states that there have been gross violations of UGC rules and guidelines in recruitment and promotion of teachers too.
Last year, the ministry agreed to serve a notice to former VC Zameeruddin Shah, asking him to explain why an inquiry should not be instituted to look into complaints of financial, administrative and academic irregularities against him.