Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), October 9:-Words such as ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ in names of universities-Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University do not reflect their secular character and should be dropped, a University Grant Commission (UGC) panel has recommended.
The panel was formed to probe the alleged irregularities in 10 central universities and the recommendations have been made in the audit report of AMU.
Centrally funded universities are secular institutions but such words related to religion in their names do not reflect that character, a panel member said on the condition of anonymity.
The universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras University or be renamed after their founders, the panel member added.
The suggestion is contained in an audit of AMU by one of the five committees set up by UGC. However, the AMU audit did not cover BHU but it referred to the institution’s name in its report.
The committee in its audit of AMU suggested that the institution should either be called just ‘Aligarh University’ or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Citing the same reason for BHU, the committee recommended its name be amended, too.
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.
The committee which inspects the AMU and Pondicherry consists of Shripad Karmalkar-professor at IIT-Madras, professor Mazhar Asif University professor Guwahati, Sankarshan Basu professor at IIM-Bangalore and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati V-C of University Kailash Sodani.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)