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AMU likely to reopen on December 1

Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 17:50

Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University,
which was closed sine die on October 30 following protests by
students over the murder of an undergraduate by a local goon,
is likely to "reopen" on December 1.

"The varsity is likely to reopen on December 1. A formal
announcement pertaining to the reopening schedule would be
made on Monday next," Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Aziz told agency.
Aziz, who is presently in New Delhi, had met Union HRD
Minister Kapil Sibbal on the issue.

The VC said, "I am hopeful that we will be able to reach
an amicable settlement with the protesting teachers and
students at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi."

The students and teachers are holding dharna at Jantar
Mantar in protest against the AMU administration`s decision to
close the university indefinitely. Terming the move as
"autocratic", they are demanding immediate restoration of
academic activities in the campus and restoration of students`
Meanwhile, AMU Teachers Association (AMUTA) secretary
Jamshed Siddiqui said, "We support any move to reopen the
university at the earliest. At the same time there will be no
compromise on the issue of the withdrawal of the suspension
orders against three teachers who have been wrongly punished."

It is equally important that the democratic right to
voice students` grievances on a suitable platform should
immediately be restored, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 17:50

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