Vilification campaign going on against me: AMU VC

Aligarh: Under attack from various quarters on issues related to varsity affairs, Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis on Wednesday hit back at critics saying that a 'caucus' led by a former MP was 'carrying out a vilification campaign' against him.

"A caucus led by a former MP is carrying out a vilification campaign against me," Azis told reporters here and added that the meeting of the AMU Court scheduled to be held on December 19 "will take place on that day".

Earlier a group MPs, who are also members of the AMU Court, had alleged that vice-chancellor has deliberately scheduled the meeting on December 19 when a large number of members will be attending the plenary session of All-India Congress Committee.

The MPs have also appealed to President Pratibha Patil, who is a Visitor of the varsity to postpone the meeting.

"The date of the meeting of the University Court was decided much before the announcement of the dates of the plenary session," Azis said.

When asked about allegations made by MPs that meeting should be held only after vacancies in electoral college are filled up and student representatives should also be included, he said there is no legal bar in holding meeting of the Court in absence of student representatives.

Advising those from outside the University, including politicians, not to "poke their noses" in the affairs of the varsity Azis said, "Certain political lobbies are trying to attack the University's autonomy and meddle in the affairs."

The vice chancellor said some politicians are patronising students who are raising "extraneous" issues.

Referring to allegations that the University authorities were trying to put impediments in the ongoing enquiry against him and some other senior officials on charges of financial irregularities, Azis said, "It is totally baseless to allege that we are trying to derail the enquiry."

To a question, on the reported move by Justice V N Divecha, one of the two judges conducting the enquiry, offering to resign after accusing varsity officials of not cooperating, the VC said, "I am very sad to hear that Justice Divecha has offered to resign but it has nothing to do with anything from our side."

Azis added that ongoing enquiry should also cover those persons who are trying to defame the varsity.