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Abolish sex-based segregation, remove 'nepotism': UCG panel's recommendation for AMU

Abolish sex-based segregation, remove 'nepotism': UCG panel's recommendation for AMU
19 Nov 2017
  • The recommendations of a UGC-appointed panel regarding changes needed in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have been made public: among its many suggestions are abolishing separate colleges for males and females, removing "nepotistic" quotas and changing the way its VC is appointed.
  • Earlier, the panel had proposed AMU should drop the word "Muslim" from its name.
  • Nine other universities were also audited. Here's more.

  • 'AMU's past feudal culture and present obscurantist attitude'
    FACT
    The UGC panel noted that AMU is still caught in its "past feudal culture and present obscurantist attitude". The 142-year-old university needs wide-ranging reforms to ensure students can "broaden their mental horizon" and achieve upward social mobility with "blinkers off".

    Hiking fees, abolishing segregation of the sexes could help
    Suggestions
  • For now, AMU could hike fees, use standard national-level entrance tests for admissions, and amalgamate three off-campus centres with other universities, the panel said.
  • It should focus more on vocational courses.
  • Sex-based segregation needs to be stopped "especially when…activities in the real world are gender-neutral".
  • Many of its departments could be merged. Eg, the Sunni and Shia departments could become one for comparative religion.

  • The need for a merit-based admission system
    Nepotism
  • The panel noted AMU has a tendency to promote their own students from school to post-doctoral levels and then absorb them as faculty.
  • AMU's present admission system, with focus on employees' kin rather than on merit, "smacks of nepotism", it added.
  • The panel has suggested employing quotas like other state institutions and mandating five-year breaks for Masters/PhD students before they can teach in AMU.

  • Changes recommended in the appointment process
    FACT
    The audit committee has suggested that AMU's VC selection policy should be amended: unlike other central universities where government-appointed panels screen candidates, AMU's executive council does the job instead. The panel has batted for a search-cum-selection committee, not an election, while choosing VCs/directors.

    The other universities being audited
    Audit
  • In April, the University Grants Commission had set up five panels to examine 10 central universities over alleged irregularities.
  • Apart from AMU and BHU, "academic, research, financial and infrastructure audit" was ordered for Pondicherry University; Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (Uttarakhand); Allahabad University; MG Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (Maharashtra); Hari Singh Gour University (MP); Tripura University; and Central University in Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Jammu.



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