Aligarh: Former Rajya Sabha MP Wasim
Ahmed Tuesday questioned the veracity of AMU Vice Chancellor P K
Abdul Azis`s claim that the decision to open special centres
of the University was cleared by the governing bodies of the
Ahmed, who is the visitor`s nominee to the Executive
Council of AMU, said what had "actually been" cleared at a
meeting of the Council last year was the proposal to establish
"centres for advanced studies and research" with the
permission of the Visitor.
Ahmed alleged that University officials were "playing"
with the word "centre", and "what is now being set up are
defacto affiliated institutions of routine graduate studies".
"If the HRD Ministry probes the matter, the whole
truth would come out," he said.
"Once the Ministry studies the starling contradictions
and irregularities, the real truth behind the grand design
of this Rs 2000 crore project would come out," he claimed.
He said the University authorities should also
explain as to why the centre in Bihar has been shifted without
obtaining the approval of different governing bodies.
Azis had yesterday rejected allegations that the
decision to establish `special centres` in different parts of
the country was illegal and against the letter and spirit of
the founding objectives of the institution.
"Under Section 12(2) of the University Act 1981, the
Visitor of the University was empowered to set up such
Centres," Azis had said.
The University`s decision has been opposed by a number
of members of different governing bodies of the University and
also the AMU Old Boys` Association.
"The restriction of 25 kms from the University campus
for establishing such centres existed in the earlier Acts of
the University. The present Act of 1981 did not include any
such restriction for establishing special centres in different
parts of the country," Azis had said.