Drop 'M' From AMU And 'H' From BHU, Central Universities Should Be Secular: UGC Panel

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| October 9 , 2017 , 13:48 IST

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.

According to anonymous panel members, the suggestion to rename the universities was considered since both being centrally-funded universities are secular institutions. Both are considerably old and established universities from before the time of India's independence. While Aligarh Muslim University was founded in 1875, Banaras Hindu University was founded in 1916.

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The UGC had set up 5 committees on April 25 at the behest of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to probe complaints of irregularities against 10 centrally-funded universities. The committees subjected the institutions to an “academic, research, financial and infrastructure audit” to check for discrepancies.

The institutions under the scanner include Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Central University of Jharkhand, Central University of Rajasthan, Central University of Jammu, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha, University of Tripura and Hari Singh Gour University in Madhya Pradesh.

Although Banaras Hindu University was not on the list of inspected institutions, since 'Hindu' forms a part of the university name, the committee extended its advice to BHU as well.

The committee has suggested that AMU be renamed as simply Aligarh University or be named after its founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and offered similar solutions for BHU.