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HRD Ministry Dissatisfied With AMU's Response to its Show-cause Notice

HRD Ministry Dissatisfied With AMU

Outside view of Aligarh Muslim University Campus in Uttar Pradesh. (File Photo)

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New Delhi: The Human Resource Development ministry is said to be dissatisfied with the responses sent by Aligarh Muslim University to the show-cause notice issued to the varsity regarding administrative and financial irregularities.

In October 2016, the ministry had issued a show-cause notice to AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah for conducting an inquiry into matters connected with the administration of the varsity and sought replies within 30 days of the receipt of the notice for the consideration of the Visitor.

News18 has learnt from sources in the HRD ministry that there is a possibility for a detailed investigation being initiated as the ministry is not convinced with the response sent by AMU.

According to a source in the ministry, “The ministry wanted to probe AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah on the grounds of administrative and financial irregularity charges and had issued a show-cause notice. But now the ministry is not convinced with the replies and there is a possibility of a detailed investigation in future. An inquiry committee might be set up.”

For conducting the detailed investigation, where an inquiry committee will be constituted for a thorough investigation, “the Visitor’s nod is always sought”, added the source.

In the notice sent to the university, the ministry laid down that “complaints relating to financial, administrative and academic irregularities and mismanagement and creation of an unhealthy atmosphere in the Aligarh Muslim University were brought to the notice of this ministry from different quarters. The complaints were brought to the notice of the Visitor by the Ministry.”

Further, the notice said, “Now, therefore, the President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of the Aligarh Muslim University in exercise of the power vested in him under section 13 (2 A) of the AMU is pleased to direct that a show-cause notice be issued to the AMU as to why an inquiry may not be instituted to inquire into the enclosed complaints relating to financial administrative and academic irregularities illegalities and mismanagement.”

According to Section 13 (2 A) of the AMU, “The Visitor shall in every case, give notice to the University of his intention to cause an inspection or inquiry to be made and on receipt of such notice, the University shall have the right to make such representation to the Visitor as it may consider necessary.”

Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah told News18 that he will co-operate with any further investigation, adding, “We gave detailed replies to the allegations. Let the ministry ask. We have nothing to fear.”

In 2016, the ministry wanted to probe AMU V-C and Allahabad University V-C RL Hangloo. The latter faced Visitorial Inquiry. News18 has learnt from sources in the ministry that Hangloo's responses are satisfactory and no action might be initiated against him.

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