SC/ST Commission To Go To Court Against AMU Denying Reservations To Dalits


New Delhi: The Commission for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe plans to go to Supreme Court after looking into the documents provided by Aligarh Muslim University in support of its minority status. The concern of the commission has been that AMU is not providing reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs just for self-proclaimed minority status. The commission also plans to write to University Grant Commission about Rs 1,000 crore fund that it gets per annam despite not following the constitutional provisions.

Chairman of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission Ram Shamkar Katheria told One India that the university officials were not able to give any answer to the commission on why they are not providing reservation to Scs/STs despite getting funds from the government. They just repeated that the matter is in the Supreme Court.

The Commission on Thursday summoned not only officials of the AMU but also HRD secretary, minority secretary, social justice secretary and UGC officials. Katheria said that the HRD ministry clearly said that it has furnished the document to the court that AMU is not a minority institution. This was ruled by the court first in 1968, 2005 and 2006.

The HRD ministry has given an affidavit that AMU is not a minority university. The Commission will write to the UGC that how can such an institution be given central funding that violates constitutional provisions? Interestingly Union HRD ministry clearly said that it had furnished an affidavit to the Supreme Court while Union minority ministry official said that the AMU did not ask for minority status for it.

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