Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh and Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi are central universities and hence the Narendra Modi government will succeed in getting reservation for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class in these varsities. Gehlot said AMU and Jamia were declared minority institutes by the last government (UPA government) as a result the provision of quota for SC/ST/OBC was terminated. However, this government is committed towards the upliftment of Dalits and tribal and hence we will get the quota implemented in these institutions.
"We assure that these are central universities and we will succeed in getting reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs)," Gehlot said while replying to a debate on the Constitution Bill, which seeks to give constitutional status to the OBC Commission.
The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister said the both AMU and Jamia were declared minority institutions during the UPA rule and it was the UPA government which supported AMU's claim of minority status in the Supreme Court.
However, the Narendra Modi government has reversed its stand and pushing for a non-minority status in the top court. Gehlot said the government is confident that it will succeed in getting quotas for SCs, STs, and OBCs implemented in both the varsity.
The issue of minority status of these institutes erupted after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the AMU and Jamia would have to grant quotas. Following which, BJP MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam wrote a letter to the AMU Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor on July 2 over the issue.
Recently, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairperson Ramshankar Katheria asked AMU to clarify its stand on giving reservations to SC/ST/OBC within a month and if the varsity failed to so the NCSC would direct the University Grant Commission (UGC) to stop all funding of AMU.