UP SC/ST Commission sends AMU notice over quota for Dalits, tribals: Back and forth over institute's 'minority' tag continues

The Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Commission on Wednesday said the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not a minority institution.

FP Staff July 05, 2018 15:55:11 IST
UP SC/ST Commission sends AMU notice over quota for Dalits, tribals: Back and forth over institute's 'minority' tag continues

The Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Commission on Wednesday said the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not a minority institution and issued a notice to the varsity asking it to explain why it does not give reservation to the SC/ST communities.

UP SCST Commission sends AMU notice over quota for Dalits tribals Back and forth over institutes minority tag continues

File image of Aligarh Muslim Univesity. Image courtesy: www.amu.ac.in

While the AMU claims minority status and does not reserve seats for SC/ST candidates, Uttar Pradesh SC/ST Commission chairman Brij Lal said various Supreme Court and high court directives have established that the AMU is not a minority institution.  "The AMU is not a minority institution," Brij Lal told reporters. "I have issued a notice to the AMU for not giving reservation to the SC/STs." He said that in the notice, the AMU registrar has been asked to reply by 8 August.

The AMU's minority status has been the subject of much controversy. According to a report in Rediff.com, the Allahabad High Court upheld its 2005 judgment terming as 'unconstitutional' the granting of minority status to AMU and 50 percent reservation to Muslims. The order was passed by a bench comprising Chief Justice AN Ray and Justice Ashok Bhushan on petitions filed by the central government and AMU challenging the single-judge verdict on 4 October, 2005, according to the report.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government then challenged the Allahabad High Court order in the Supreme Court. However, in 2016, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) withdrew that appeal, with then attorney general Mukul Rohatgi saying there was "nothing political" about the decision.

“I must tell you that there is nothing political about it. The Aligarh Muslim University was set up by an Act of the Parliament when India was not free. It was under British rule. Therefore, it is not correct to say that it was set up by Muslims. There is a judgment of the Supreme Court (20 October, 1967) of a bench of five judges declaring that the AMU was not a minority institution, and that legal position still holds,” Rohatgi told a television news channel, according to the report.

"We have asked as to why SC/ST communities have not been given benefits of reservation. Under what circumstances has it been done? The Supreme Court has not yet passed any order in which the AMU was prevented from providing reservation benefits to SC/STs. In the light of high court and SC directives, it has been established that the AMU is not a minority institution," Lal added.

He said the AMU was like any other central university, and runs on its funds. "Hence, it has to give due reservation." When asked what will be the course of action if the AMU did not reply within the stipulated time, Brij Lal said the "commission will use its power and issue summons to them."

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date:

also read

Is Ukraine likely to win the war against Russia? What experts say
World

Is Ukraine likely to win the war against Russia? What experts say

Despite its successes, Ukraine has only reclaimed 55 per cent of the territory taken by Russia since the February invasion

Wait for US visa interview nears 1,000 days: Is it going to get better anytime soon?
Explainers

Wait for US visa interview nears 1,000 days: Is it going to get better anytime soon?

According to the US State Department, the current wait time for an interview for B1/B2 applicants (business and tourism) is at 999 days in Mumbai, 994 days in Hyderabad, 961 days in Delhi, 948 in Chennai, and 904 in Kolkata. It is important to note that these are estimates and not a guarantee of an

Shraddha Walkar murder: How does DNA testing work? Why does it take so much time?
Explainers

Shraddha Walkar murder: How does DNA testing work? Why does it take so much time?

DNA profiling was first developed in 1984 by Alec Jeffreys in the UK. Several high-profile cases including the Rajiv Gandhi assassination and the 2012 Delhi gang rape have been cracked using it. Now, police are using it to build a case against Aftab Poonawala