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
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 ummid.com 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
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
"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.
addition to these libraries, girl students also have such facilities in their residential halls besides being provided all the online facility through the Maulana
“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.