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Make AMU co-ed, merge Shia, Sunni studies- UGC

Make AMU co-ed, merge Shia, Sunni studies- UGC
Baab-e-Syed, AMU. Pic: HT

New Delhi: The University Grants Commissions, UGC, has asked Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to abolish separate male and female colleges and make them co-ed. UGC has further asked AMU to merge Shia-Sunni departments.

The above suggestions have come through a government audit, UGC had audited AMU in April this year. HRD ministry had directed a committee that had professors from IIT and other educational institutions, quotes Muslim Mirror.

As per their report, the approach pursued by the University is not helpful in exchange of the ideas.

Pic: Muslim Mirror

“The segregation of boys and girls up to the undergraduate courses in separate boys-only and girls-only college is considered a legacy of the past especially when the workplaces and activities in the real world are gender-neutral,” said the audit.

The audit also said separate Sunni and Shia departments under the Theology faculty could be merged into a department for comparative religion.

The report further asks to abolish Vice chancellor’s quota in admissions, and the vice-chancellor should be appointed on search-cum-selection basis instead of election. For this, necessary amendments will need to be made in the AMU act.

“Admission quota for internal candidates should be as per state government’s prescription for other universities in (Uttar Pradesh),” it said.

Meanwhile, AMU’s official spokesperson Omar S Peerzada told HT: “As the university has not received any intimation or correspondence in this regard till this date, we are not in a position to give any reaction.”