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Drop 'Muslim' from AMU, 'Hindu' from BHU for a secular character: UGC

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

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Drop 'Muslim' from AMU, 'Hindu' from BHU for a secular character: UGC

Words such as 'Hindu' and 'Muslim' in names of universities--and Aligarh Muslim University--do not reflect their secular character and should be dropped, a 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.

Besides AMU and BHU, other universities that were audited by the panel include: University, University, 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.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 12:12 IST
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