The annual examinations of Aligarh Muslim University will now begin from May 12, according to Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor. Earlier scheduled to begin from May 7, the AMU exams were postponed following the ongoing student outrage & protests on the campus.
BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam triggered the controversy by writing a letter to Prof. Mansoor demanding an explanation on the portrait of Mohd. Ali Jinnah in the students’ union office.
Prof Mansoor said the University had initiated a plan of action to return the campus to the usual. This aims to address the students’ demands pertaining to the violence on the campus on May 2.
Additionally, a 16-member committee consisting of senior faculty members of AMU, which includes the Dean Students Welfare & the President of AMU Teachers Association, had been set up to help in engaging protesting students and hearing out their problems, urging students to come forward and help in the process of normalcy and peace on the campus.
According to Prof. Mansoor, the University has postponed AMU exams in view of the improvement in the law-and-order situation on the campus. He further clarified that there was no proposal for closing the University as the situation yet does not warrant it.
Prof Mansoor said the University had “no intention of further delaying the examination schedule” as any such move will jeopardise the career prospects of a large number of students.
He also said University authorities were in constant touch with district authorities and holding regular talks with protesting students. They are working together to “chalk out a roadmap for complete normalcy”.
Arrests over violence in AMU
Meanwhile, yesterday saw the arrests of two persons – Amit Goswami and Yogesh Varshney, a former city president of Hindu Yuva Vahini. This was in connection with the violence in AMU on May 2, police said.
They allegedly tried to breach peace by posting inflammatory material on social media, prompting the administration to temporarily suspend internet service in the city.
Police tightened security arrangements in the city after some youths took out a procession on motorcycles in sensitive areas. There was also an unsuccessful attempt to take out a procession to vent over Jinnah’s portrait in AMU.
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