Centre has told the Supreme Court that the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) cannot be granted a religious minority institution. AMU withdrew its petition filed in the court in support of minority status for the university. Centre has made it clear that it withdrew its decision to reserve 50 per cent seats for Muslims. Earlier, the HRD ministry had approved the university’s decision to grant the quota. (
According to attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, the Union of India has decided to withdraw the earlier stand taken by the government to support the minority institution of AMU. Congress leader P C Chacko said that if the central government policies are spoiling the minority character of Aligarh national university, it will be a big blow to the secular credentials of the country and the secular India.
The Centre earlier on July 6 withdrew the appeal filed in the Supreme Court by the previous Congress-led government that had sought to retain the minority tag for the AMU. Narendra Modi Government also withdrew all the letters issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the UPA regime. UPA had allowed AMU to keep 50 percent of its seats in reserve for the Muslims in the faculty of medicine.
At present the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) offers various undergraduate and post graduate courses. Courses which are offered by Aligarh Muslim University include Master’s degree course, bachelor degree courses, post MA/M.SC Diploma courses. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public university and was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. Aligarh Muslim University is a fully residential university has 13 faculties, 7 constituent colleges (5 colleges academic programs), 15 Centres, 3 Institutes, 10 schools and faculty of International Studies.