New Delhi: A committee of University Grants Commission (UGC) formed to probe complaints of irregularities against 10 central universities recommended that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) should be renamed after their founders.
According to a report by PTI, the UGC panel formed at the behest of Ministry of Human Resources (HRD), “Muslim” and “Hindu” word should be dropped from the names of the two universities to reflect their secular character.
The committee suggested that the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) should either be called just ‘Aligarh University’ or be renamed after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
The panel cited the same reason to recommend renaming of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
The committee also described AMU as “feudal” in nature and called for measures to uplift poor Muslims on campus.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public central university, originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and his friends as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.
There is however a dispute about Madan Mohan Malaviya as the founder of BHU.
In a report published by scroll.in in 2014, independent researcher Tejkar Jha, who finlaised a book on the history of BHU, claimed that Madan Mohan Malviya was not the only central figure in establishing the BHU.
"Madan Mohan Malaviya was at the most a fringe player in the movement that led to the foundation of BHU. He neither had the means to establish a university, nor had the clout to obtain a sanction from the government", Jha is quoted as saying by srcoll.in.