On Monday at a press conference, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that the ministry had written to Aligarh Muslim University, seeking justification behind denying quota to eligible students.
“The ministry has taken cognizance of the matter and is waiting for AMU’s response,” he said.
Ram Shankar Katheria, the commission chair has said that the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) would pass relevant orders next month if university authorities did not comply.
“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,” he stated.
Katheria said that the controversy was part of Congress’s ‘appeasement policy’ at the cost of deserving Hindu students. He further added that the university would have to comply with the order of NCSC would request the government of India to stop giving grants.
“We have already questioned funding to AMU as it is not following the quota policy,” he said.
He also stated that it was an injustice against SC, ST, OBC castes to have been denied admission for decades even though didn’t have the minority institution tag nor had the power to only effect Muslim quotas.
The chairman said that in AMU, over 30,000 admissions took place every year and more than 14,000 students from the quota category were denied a place despite an annual allocation to the institution of over Rs 1,100 crore.
AMU was put in the limelight after UP CM Yogi Adityananth raised the question of why quotas were not being implemented by the university.
“Those who are saying dalits are being humiliated must also be asked when they will raise the issue of providing benefits of reservation to our dalit brothers in AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia University,” he said at a rally.