STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

With academic activity at a standstill, AMU authorities mull closure of campus

The AMU V-C Prof Tariq Mansoor termed his appeal to students as ‘final’ and said if academic activities did not resume on campus, there would be no justification to keep it open

Published: 31st January 2020 06:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2020 06:55 PM   |  A+A-

Police personnel stand guard outside Aligarh Muslim University as students protest against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Police personnel stand guard outside Aligarh Muslim University as students protest against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Act. (File Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: With students of Aligarh Muslim University continuing their protests despite repeated appeals by Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor to resume classes and take exams, the university administration may have no option but to shut the campus down for a period of time.

Amid the heavy security arrangements, including the deployment of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) on campus, the student groups are now seeking withdrawal of "false cases" against those who participated in protests against the amended citizenship act on December 15.

AMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor had written an open letter to protesting students on Wednesday appealing to them to take the exams. He had urged them not to fall prey to rumours and misguided elements with vested interests. “I appeal to the students whose future is of utmost importance to me, to not fall prey to rumours, propaganda spread by vested interests and to appear in the examinations and attend classes.”

The AMU V-C also termed his appeal as ‘final’ and said if academic activities did not resume on campus, there would be no justification to keep it open and make 23,000 students sit idle.

“This is my last appeal to all to maintain peace and tranquillity on the campus and to please appear in the exams and attend classes from January 30, 2020. Already 18 days have gone by without any academic activity,” said Prof Mansoor.

Sources said a high-level meeting of university authorities was convened. It was presided over by the AMU V-C and heads of various departments had participated in it. Aligarh SSP Akash Kulhary and District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh were also present in the meeting wherein it was decided to strike a direct dialogue between the HODs and the students. If the effort doesn’t succeed, the last option left would be to close the campus sine die.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp