The Aligarh Muslim University has possibly become the first university in Uttar Pradesh to accept the ordinance passed by the state cabinet on Tuesday where it has said that the private institutions must give in undertaking that they will not allow 'anti-national' activities to take place in its premises or under its name. The ordinance also said that the state would take action if the university is found to be acting against it.
The AMU has said that it supports the Ordinance and that no anti-national activities will be tolerated in the state
"Anti-national activities won't be allowed, the cabinet has taken a decision that only education should be parted in the university and no anti-national activities will be tolerated. AMU has practiced this since the beginning. Students' energies are synchronised and channelised and best education is imparted to them. It is paramount to channelise the energy of every student of the nation and take it to the global level," the university's Public Relations officer Omar Salim Peerzada said.
Explaining the aim of the state government to introduce such a draft policy, UP minister of health Siddharth Nath Singh, on Wednesday, said that to regulate all universities under UGC guidelines and to streamline the educational quality, such an act was passed.
"Should anti-national activities happen in universities or not? This is not just for this particular purpose. Previously there were individual acts for each university. As of today there are no acts such that UGC guidelines and regulations are applicable to all universities equally. Fee structures, teaching guidelines and exam time tables were also different for each university. Hence there is no improvement in quality," he said.
About the Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Ordinance, 2019
The draft policy is an umbrella act to bring private universities under the government's authority so as to incorporate the development of nationalism, social and international harmony, national integration, secularism, and moral values.
With the UPPOU, all private universities in UP, including the 27 existing ones, would come under an umbrella act. Currently, the private universities in the State have been set up and are running through separate acts and sanctions. But this act would override all the acts as a “controlling body” to monitor and regulate the private universities. Among the proposals are that a minimum of 75% of teachers appointed to the private universities would be permanent and not contractual and their quality would be monitored online.