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Reports of gender bias at Maulana Azad Library misleading: AMU Official

Wednesday February 22, 2012 01:41:58 PM, Staff Reporter

One of the Reading Halls of Maulana Azad Library, AMU.

AMU PRO Dr Rahat Abrar says, library has a remarkable attendance of women students who come, sit and access research oriented resources of the library


Malegaon: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vehemently denied the reports that appeared in a leading English daily stating that there is gender discrimination against women students while allowing access to the Maulana Azad Library.


"The report is misleading and not what the actual reality is", AMU PRO Dr Rahat Abrar said while speaking to on phone.


"Contrary to what has been clamed in the report, the university provides equal opportunity to all boys and girls, and there is no gender bias in practice in any section or department of the university", he added.


Dr Rahat was responding to the reports which appeared in a leading English daily in its various editions yesterday and today. Stating that the undergraduate students of the women's college are denied access to the Maulana Azad Library, the report alleged gender discrimination by the university against women students.


Dr Rahat said that Maulana Azad Library during the session 2010-2011 provided reference reading facility to 11936 students who are registered as bonafide users of the library.


"Out of these students, who were provided reference reading facility at the library in 2010-2011, are 3670 female students", he said.

Clarifying that Maulana Azad Library alone cannot cater the needs of all the 27000 students of the University as about 5000 to 6000 students visit the library every day, he said, "Hence, access as the reference library is limited for higher academic and research purposes."


"Moreover", he said, "Various departments, centres, academic units and the colleges including the Zakir Husain College of Engineering & Technology, J. N. Medical College and the Women’s College have their own well-furnished libraries fulfilling the needs of their students.


In addition to these libraries, girl students also have such facilities in their residential halls besides being provided all the online facility through the Maulana Azad Library.

“It is also to be noted that the Research Division of Maulana Azad Library has a remarkable attendance of women students who come, sit and access research oriented resources of the library,” Dr. Abrar claimed.









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Main entrance of Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

AMU PRO Dr Rahat Abrar says, library has a remarkable attendance of women students who come, sit and access research oriented resources of the library.




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