Names of AMU and BHU Universities to remain the same: Prakash Javadekar

"It has been a century. and we have no intention to make any changes in the way they are", Javadekar told reporters here. According to committee, as the AMU is centrally funded university it is a secular institution and hence, the word "Muslim" should be removed.

In order to investigate alleged irregularities in 10 central universities was the panel formed.

Rejecting any plans to drop "Muslim" and "Hindu" from the names of Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government has no intention to change names of any university or college.

The universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras University or be renamed after their founders, the panel member said. It cited the same reason to recommend that BHU's name be amended, too.

Commenting that a shop's signboard can not change the product it sells, Singh said the UGC, instead of doing major works like starting new courses and other facilities, is changing names.

While underlining the problem of "inbreeding" at the campus, the committee pointed out that the majority of its faculty members were former students of AMU. The panel has recommended that there should be five-year gap for all ex-students before they can be recruited as teachers in AMU. The report, however, refrained from commenting on the institutions' minority status as the matter is sub-judice, reported Indian Express. The panel also suggested that the selection process should be tweaked to align it with the appointment procedure followed by the central universities. "This is a contradiction in itself since AMU has always been a secular university".

Apart from AMU, an audit has also been done on institutions including Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Central University of Jammu, University of Tripura and Madhya Pradesh's Hari Singh Gour University.

Vanessa Coleman