AMU, BHU old institutions, Govt has no plans to rename them: Javadekar

AMU, BHU old institutions, Govt has no plans to rename them: Javadekar

AMU, BHU old institutions, Govt has no plans to rename them: Javadekar

"It's a mere recommendation and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has already clarified that the government has no intention of changing the names".

The universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras University or be renamed after their founders, the panel member added.

The key responsibility of the panel was to probe the alleged financial, administrative and academic irregularities in 10 central universities.

The committee has suggested that the AMU be either called just "Aligarh University" or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

According to previous media reports, AMU has also been recommended to align the vice-chancellor's selection process with the appointment procedure of other central university.

The committee was set up by the university regulatory body in April this year after the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry ordered an inquiry into complaints of irregularities in 10 centrally-funded universities.

As part of a government audit of central universities, one of the five committees set up by the University Grants Commission has suggested that the word "Muslim" be removed from the name of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and that "Hindu" be removed from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to reflect their secular character. "We will not take cognisance of what they have recommended outside of this", Javadekar told reporters in Ahmedabad.

"We formed a committee to look into the administrative, academic and research audits of universities".

The UGC committee, in its audit report, clearly states that words in connection with a religion do not reflect the secular character of the universities.

Summary: AMU is a modern secular university with an Islamic ethos.

Apart from AMU, an audit has also been done on institutions including Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Central University of Jammu, University of Tripura and Madhya Pradesh's Hari Singh Gour University.

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