Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University
today 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," AMU Vice-Chancellor P K Abdul Azis 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 kilometres 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 said while addressing
a meeting of staff and students of the University at the
The decision to establish these centres had been
sanctioned by all the governing bodies of the University
including the University Court and Executive Council, he
Kaukab Hameed, Secretary of AMU Old Boys` Association,
said, "The move for establishing such special centres would
erode the special residential character of the University and
adversely affect its academic standards."
He said that the AMU Old Boys` Association would
shortly take up the issue with senior members of the central
A national convention of University`s alumni is being
held here on June 19 on the issue.