AMU students end 78-day-long protest

Aligarh Muslim University students who were protesting against authorities for the past 78 days for not fulfilling their demands Monday ended their agitation.

Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 16:52 PM IST

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University students
who were protesting against authorities for the past 78 days for not fulfilling their demands Monday ended their agitation.

The student activists were demanding restoration of the
students union, which was dissolved in 2007, and removal of
senior University officials whom they blamed for rusticating
more than 150 students during the past three years.

They had been holding a sit-in outside the official
residence of Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis for more than two
months to press for their demands.

Spokesman of the student protesters Mushtaq Ahmad
announced their decision to end the protest in the presence of
the Vice Chancellor and top district officials at the sit-in
site shortly after midnight.

The decision came following the announcement made by the
Vice Chancellor that all major demands of the students had
been agreed to.

In a statement, University authorities agreed to start
the election process from January 3, 2011.

"Elections for the students` union and also for the ten
student representatives from different faculties to the
University Court will be held on the basis of recommendations
of the Lyngdoh Committee," the statement said.

The suspension order against five student protesters who
had been leading the current agitation would also be
withdrawn, the authorities said, adding, no further action
will be taken against any student who participated in the
current agitation.

The Vice Chancellor, who had vacated his official
residence due to the continued sit-in by the agitating
students outside his house and was staying in a government
rest house, finally returned to his lodge after 70 days of
self-enforced exile.

Mushtaq Ahmad told media persons today, "We are grateful
to the Members of Parliament especially those who are members
of the University Court and some prominent alumni who have
given us unstilted support for restoration of our democratic
rights."

Former MP and elected member of the University Court
Wasim Ahmed, who played a major role in resolving the
present crisis, welcomed the ending of the impasse.
Meanwhile, the AMU Teachers` Association has passed a
resolution urging Justice A N Divecha, a member of the enquiry
panel which is probing corruption charges against senior AMU
officials, to not resign from the panel.
The teachers have also called upon the Visitor of the
University President Pratibha Patil to ensure that the Vice
Chancellor, who is facing corruption charges, "is not allowed
to influence the proceedings."

PTI