Enforce quota or we will: Scheduled Caste panel to Aligarh Muslim University

Implementation of quota for dalits in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was a serious matter and the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) would pass relevant orders next month if university authorities did not comply, commission chair Ram Shankar Katheria said.

“AMU has sought one month after receiving a notice from the commission and the deadline is August 3. The full house of the commission will hold a hearing and pass orders for implementation of quota in AMU just like other central universities,” Katheria, who is also BJP MP from Agra, said.

Katheria said the controversy was yet another testimony to Congress’s “appeasement policy” at the cost of deserving Hindu students. The Centre changed its position on AMU’s minority status after the Modi government assumed office and this, along with the commission’s latest measures, has set the stage for a showdown. Asked how the commission would ensure compliance of its order, Katheria said AMU would have to follow the order or NCSC would request the government to stop grants.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has written to the HRD Ministry asking why the government continues to fund Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), even though it doesn’t implement the reservation policy the way other central universities do.

The controversy over the university’s minority status was revived after the Uttar Pradesh SC/ST Commission sent AMU a notice, asking why it has not provided quotas for SC and STs despite receiving grants from the Union government and making faculty appointments as a national university.