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No plan to drop 'Hindu' and 'Muslim' from BHU, AMU, says Prakash Javadekar

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that no religion is against secularism in the nation

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar

In the wake of the University Grants Commission (UGC) panel recommending to drop 'Hindu' and 'Muslim' from the names of the University (BHU) and the University (AMU) respectively, the (BJP) on Tuesday reiterated Union Prakash Javadekar's clarification that the had no intention of changing the names.

"It's a mere recommendation and Prakash Javadekar has already clarified that the has no intention of changing the names. There should be no further argument on this issue as the has itself asked to not pass it," leader Zafar Islam told ANI.

He added that the UGC panel had discussed various programmes to improve the curriculum and it was amid these discussions that this was suggested.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Minority Affairs said that no religion is against secularism in the nation.

"This nation will remain secular only when different religions and cultural heritage come together and show their support towards unity and prosperity," Naqvi added.

The UGC panel's recommendation was stated in the audit report of the panel formed to probe irregularities in ten central universities.

Earlier on Monday, the BHU and the AMU objected to the recent recommendation of the UGC panel to drop the words "Hindu" and "Muslim" from their names respectively, and contradicted the panel's opinion of these words not reflecting the universities' secular character.

"'Hindu' is the beauty of the University and likewise 'Muslim' is the beauty of the Aligarh University," Professor Rajendra Singh of BHU told ANI, adding it was not the case that and students were not enrolled in the BHU and the AMU, respectively.

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 09:04 IST