3 VCs in 10 days, politics plays musicial chair in prestigious Aligarh Muslim University
Within a span of less than 10 days, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has third vice-chancellor, after a retired 1977 batch IAS officer Noor Mohammad was shown door by the Allahabad High Court. Earlier Sibgatullah Farooqui was removed to pave way for the retired bureaucrat.
The court has now ordered appointment of senior most dean, Qazi Afzaal Hussain as the new acting vice-chancellor.
The farce of having a string of V-Cs started after PK Abdul Aziz abdicated his office following completion of his six- year-term on January 17, 2012. Since appointment of V-C at this world famous institution is an elaborate affair, senior most dean Farooqui was handed over the charge.
During Uttar Pradesh polls, he, however, rubbed the Congress wrong way, which was all out to entice Muslims to vote for the party. He accused the Human Resources Development minister Kapil Sibal of choking funds. “I cannot put blame on other parties.
But Congress has definitely given a deep shock to Muslim community. It has thrown university in financial crises,” he had said. Soon after the completion of poll process, Farooqui was removed from the post and the charge was handed over to a retired IAS officer instead the next senior most dean.
Allahabad High Court, however, stayed his appointment on a writ petition by Husain. The court on last Thursday ordered interim arrangement of Husain, being the senior most dean among members of the executive council, to discharge the V0C duties. Noor Mohammad, a former deputy election commissioner, was thrust on the university reportedly by HRD minister Kapil Sibal for setting the administration in order.
Immediately after taking over on Friday, Husain announced that the process for selection of a permanent Vice-Chancellor will start soon. He is dean of the Art Faculty. He said his top priority is to meet the deadline of April 10 to submit the AMU’s XII Plan proposals to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and give special attention to the annual examinations as also various admission tests for the next session.
Outgoing V-C Farooqui says the UGC under the ministry of the HRD has stagnated the non-salary funds for the university to the extent that since last May faculty members have been barred to attend national seminars due to financial crunch. “We had recommended an estimated budget of Rs52.18 crore but the UGC has sanction us only Rs21.63 crore. Similarly, in 2010-2011 budget we had asked for Rs44.80 crore, but were given the same amount of Rs 21.63 crore,” he says.
Total budget of the university stands at Rs535 crore. Out of which a major chunk 95 % goes to salaries and non-plan activities. University officials complain that that government was forcing them to reduce expenditures and raise own resources.