The Centre plans to convert three centers of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) into full-fledged varsities as a way to compensate the demand of making AMU a minority varsity. In fact, this decision is the part of an endeavor, aimed at minorities, ahead of the general election.
AMU centres in Murshidabad, West Bengal; Malappuram in Kerala; and Kishanganj in Bihar are chosen to be converted into varsities. Land has already been allotted to the centre at Kishanganj. Besides, there’s also a plan to establish an AMU centre in Aurangabad.
The HRD minister M M Pallam Raju and the Minority Affairs Ministers K Rahman Khan already had discussions over the issue and now, the proposal will take a step ahead through secretary-level talks.
However, the ministries are yet to decide whether the varsities are going to be recognized as central universities or will be standardized as minority varsities. In the mean time, the Minority Affairs Ministry is likely to propose a Cabinet note for six minority varsities that will allow 50 per cent reservation to the students from minority community.