AMU teachers' agitation receives support from unions

Aligarh: The ongoing teachers' agitation at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for "immediate reopening" of the institution today received support from other unions in the campus.

The AMU Students' Union which had not taken any stand on the issue till yesterday came in support of the teachers' move and put up a camp beside the agitating teachers here.

Although the president of the AMU teachers association Abdul Qaiyyum claimed the support of the non-teaching staff association, thay have yet to make an announcement in this regard.

Qaiyyum while addressing a press conference today said that a consultative meeting of the teachers' body was also held today, welcoming the move of other unions joining them.

He said that a General Body meeting of the teachers would meet tomorrow to decide on the key issue of "boycotting all invigilation duties by teachers for different entrance exams to the University scheduled for this month".

Qaiyyum said that the boycott issue can have "serious ramifications for the University's entrance process for the year and the teachers would resort to an extreme step if the Vice Chancellor remained adamant on his decision not to reopen the University at the earliest".

He said that a delegation from AMU would be leaving for New Delhi on Friday to apprise the Central Government of the growing crisis in the institution and stressed that the Central Government could no longer afford remaining a mute spectator to the present crisis at AMU.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the AMU Teachers' Association, Mustafa Zaidi has charged a section of the University administration with orchestrating Friday's students' clash at the campus and demanded a thorough probe into it.

"Last week's clash of two regional groups of students was a proxy battle stage managed by a section of University administration for capturing the coveted post of the Controller of Admissions and Examinations," Zaidi said.