Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University`s
move to set up its outstation centres has hit a road-block
with the Human Resource Development Ministry directing the
University "to hold back" the opening of a centre at
Murshidabad in West Bengal.
A senior University official said the University had
received a directive from the Ministry earlier this week for
"postponing the opening" of the Murshidabad centre, which was
scheduled for September 26.
The HRD Ministry`s directive has apparently come in
the wake of a long-drawn controversy over the issue.
A section of members belonging to the University`s
Executive Council and the University Court had earlier
approached the Ministry and raised serious objections to
opening outstation centres.
The members claimed that the opening of outstation
campuses violates the constitution of the Central University.
"The HRD Ministry`s belated move is justified because
the AMU authorities were rushing through with this project
without receiving the approval of the Ministry on the critical
issue pertaining to the amendment of the university statutes,"
AMU Staff Association Secretary Jamshed Siddique said.
Siddique further added that the decision of the
University to open outstation centres also violates the
judgement of the Allahabad High Court, directing the
University not to take any major policy decisions till the
Supreme Court decides in another case pertaining to the
Senior University officials, however, are seeking to
soft pedal the Ministry`s directive, saying, "it is a
technical objection, which would be sorted out soon."