New Delhi: The words ‘Muslim and ‘Hindu’ in the names of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) respectively do not represent the secular character and should be dropped, recommends UGC panel.
Five committees were setup by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on April 25 at the behest of the HRD Ministry to probe the alleged irregularities in 10 central universities. The suggestions have been made in the audit report of AMU, one of five committees.
In its audit of AMU, the committee suggested that the institution should either be called just ‘Aligarh University’ or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. It cited the same reason to recommend that BHU’s name be amended, too.
Centrally funded universities are secular instituions but such words related to religion in their names do not reflect that character, a panel member said on the conidition of anonymity.
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, 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.