AMU should clarify stand on reservations for SC or could lose funding, says NCSC Chairperson

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National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Commission have asked Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to explain why it is not giving reservation to SC/ST community in admission and recruitment.

NCSC Chairperson Ramshankar Katheria said the commission has written to the varsity asking why it is not fulfilling its constitutional obligations by providing reservations to the weaker sections. He said AMU should clarify its stand on reservations for SC or else it may lose central funding. He said, if AMU fails to provide the commission with a suitable answer within a month of receiving the commission’s missive, the NCSC will direct the UGC to stop all funding to AMU for not fulfilling its constitutional obligations.

In its six-page notice, UP SC/ST commission has expressed displeasure over not providing benefits of reservation to the SC/ST students. Its Chairman Brij Lal told reporters in Lucknow that AMU is like any other central university set up under a central act and runs on its funds and it has to give reservation to SC/ST community. He said AMU is not a minority institution and it has been asked to reply to the notice by August 8.

Air correspondent reports that after receiving more than one dozen complaints from individuals and different organisations the commission has issued notice to the Aligarh Muslim University. In its notice the Commission has accused the University authorities of violation of constitutional provisions, courts and administrative orders on reservation issue. The Commission has said that it has been held by the Supreme Court and Allahabad court time and again that AMU is not a minority organisation and University is bound to follow the constitutional provisions on reservation. The Commission has asked the AMU Registror to file its reply by August 8. The Commission has cleared that appropriate follow up actions will taken against the AMU authorities if its reply will not be found convincing.

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