HRD endorses reservation for SC/ST in AMU

Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javdekar

Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday endorsed the Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribe Commission's notice to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) seeking an explanation on why it does not implement quota in admission and appointment.

In its notice on Wednesday, the commission has also questioned the minority status of the central university, asking the AMU registrar to submit a reply by August 8.

The state commission also noted that the AMU was not a minority commission, citing various Supreme Court and High Court judgements, even as a matter pertaining to the issue is pending with the Supreme Court.

“The (Uttar Pradesh) SC/ST Commission is a statutory body. It has asked a very valid question. Let the university reply,” HRD Minister told reporters when asked at a press conference.

When asked further for his personal view on the issue, the Union minister said that he cannot have a personal view since he is HRD minister.

“Let the university submit its reply,” he reiterated.

The UP SC/ST Commission served a show cause notice to the AMU a day after the National Schedule Class Commission chairman and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) MP Ramshankar Katheria summoned the university vice-chancellor in Aligarh on the issue on Tuesday.

A section of media quoted Katheria saying that he gave a month’s time to the AMU to furnish proof of its minority status.

If the AMU failed to provide the documents and still did not introduce quota for SC/ST and other backward classes (OBCs), the National SC Commission would urge the Centre to stop grants to the varsity, Katheria was quoted as saying.

This came days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath raised the demand for reservation of seats for Dalits in minority-run institutions, such as Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

The move was seen as an attempt of the ruling BJP to break the consolidation of Dalit-Muslim by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as they have come together, posing a challenge to the saffron party in the state.

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