New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be the chief guest at the Jamia Millia Islamia's annual convocation, a report said on Wednesday.
The PM has refused to visit the university due to time constraints.
Scientist Goverdhan Mehta will be the chief guest at the annual convocation of Jamia Millia Islamia on January 19.
“We have got a reply from the PMO that the Prime Minister will not be able to visit the university due to time constraints. So, we extended an invite to Goverdhan Mehta who has given his consent following which we decided a suitable date,” Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said.
Notably, there was already a sense of resentment over his possible visit among students of the university.
After the Batla House encounter in September 2008, Modi had remarked that Jamia Millia Islamia was a breeding ground for terrorists.
Reports of Modi's visit had created a lot of resentment among the students of the university, to the extent that they even considered writing to the vice chancellor on this issue and also boycotting the convocation.
But there were a few others who supported Modi's visit to the university.