AMU opposes idea to drop word ‘Muslim’ from its name, calls suggestion ‘preposterous’

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The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has hit out at the government panel that suggested the word Muslim be dropped from its name as it doesnt reflect the secular character, a report in The Indian Express said. In its formal response to the University Grants Commission (UGC), the university accused the committee of going beyond its mandate and called the suggestion preposterous. AMU Registrar Javaid Akhter argued that the name gives an idea about the institution The name of the university gives us an idea about its history, purpose and character and preserving the same is our bounden Constitutional duty, As per the IE report, Akhter contended that the committee The response comes almost a year after a UGC panel recommended that words such as Muslim and Hindu in the names of universities According to the panels argument, the centrally funded institutions are secular ones but words related to religion in the names dont reflect their secular character. It had suggested that the universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras Hindu University or be renamed after their founders. The Aligarh Muslim University is a central university that was established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. It became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The university claims that it is a minority institution governed by the AMU Act of 1981. However, the Allahabad High Court had in 2006 declared that the AMU is not a minority institution. This was subsequently challenged by the AMU in the Supreme Court which ordered status quo to be maintained.