Aligarh Muslim University has announced fresh dates for Student body elections. The elections which were initially scheduled to be held on September 26 will now be held on October 8. The last date for filing nominations has been set as September 29.
AMU Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah presided over an emergent special meeting of the varsity local members, it has been decided to hold the AMU Students Union elections in October. Prof. Iqbal Pervez and Dr. Roohi Abida Admad have been appointed as Chief Election Officers for AMU Students’ Union elections and Women’s College Students’ Union elections respectively.
The Students Union election of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) had been cancelled after there were reports of criminal elements and expelled students participating in the campaigning.
According to the AMU Registrar Professor Asfar Ali Khan, “A specially convened meeting of the university’s Executive Council, in view of the ‘extraordinary situation’ which had developed due to the events took the decision.” The notice was announced in an official statement.
According to the notification, “A disturbing situation has developed following the participation of expelled students, criminals and non-students during the campaign. There are also reports that contestants and their supporters have been making forcible entries with vehicles into the Women’s College and other Halls of residence and classrooms.” The university has lamented upon the gross violations and flouting of rules and guidelines of Lyngdoh Committee on the code and conduct of Students Union elections across universities in the country.
There are reports lampooned upon the blatant violation of the AMU Students’ Union amended regulations 2012, which are based on the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah commented : “I had decided to hold the elections despite misgivings in some quarters because I am deeply committed to the functioning of the Students’ Union.”
He further added “However, I am pained by the fact that despite repeated warnings, there has been a blatant violation of election regulations both in letter and spirit. I am fully aware that a section of the student community will be angered by my decision,” he said. “I owe a certain responsibility to this institution and I am fully prepared to be held accountable for this decision. I am determined not to hand over this institution to criminals and other anti-social elements trying to exploit sentiments of students and play with their careers.”
The Aligarh Muslim University had recently been in news for expelling few students from Kashmir, who had celebrated the killings of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri attacks on social media. The university had immediately taken cognizance of the posts and promptly expelled the students.
But the stage is set for another clash between the students’ unions and the university as students leaders have threatened to go on hunger strike if the decision is not revoked with immediate effect.
The elections to the AMU Women’s College Students’ Union and for the student representatives to the University Court had also been called off.