New Delhi: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Monday hit back at the University Grants Commission‘s idea to drop word ‘Muslim’ from its name saying the proposition is “preposterous”. The University alleged that the idea ignores the institution’s long history, purpose and unique character. “The name of the university gives us an idea about its history, purpose and character and preserving the same is our bounden Constitutional duty,” AMU Registrar Javaid Akhter wrote in the formal response to the government. Also Read - AMU Entrance Exam Result 2020 Declared At, Direct Link Here

To the remarks that the institutions’ names currently do not reflect their secular character, the AMU Registrar said that the government has drawn a wrong conclusion. “One must recall that in India the concept of secularism arises more from the discourse of justice and equality than from an anti-religious position mostly practised in the West,” he said in response to the 15 suggestions contained in the audit ordered by the government,” he said, an Indian Express report said. Also Read - Cabinet Approves Merger of Film Bodies With National Film Development Corporation, Says Prakash Javadekar

In October, last year, the UGC had recommended that words such as ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ in names of universities — Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University — do not reflect their secular character and should be dropped. Centrally funded universities are secular institutions but such words related to religion in their names do not reflect that character, a panel member had said. Also Read - Big Announcement: Govt Grants Rs 3,500 Crore Subsidy on Sugar Export, to Benefit 5 Crore Farmers

On the reports of renaming the Aligarh Muslim University, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the government will not accept the suggestion.

Last year, a panel was formed to probe the alleged irregularities in 10 central universities and the recommendations have been made in the audit report of AMU. Besides AMU and BHU, other universities that were audited by the panel include: Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Central University of Jharkhand, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha, University of Tripura and Hari Singh Gour University in Madhya Pradesh.