AMU Vice Chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah denounces AMUTA’s allegations
ALIGARH: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah has denounced the allegations leveled by the AMU Teachersâ€™ Association (AMUTA) as â€œfalse and outrageously ridiculousâ€.
He said, â€œIt is true that Mr. Wasim Ahmed had approached me to render my nomination for Vice-Chancellor in 2006 when Prof P.K. Abdul Azis was selected. The matter was forgotten and in 2012 when some persons approached me to render my nomination, again, I declined since I was already 63Â½ years old and had no intention of serving for 1Â½ years since the retirement age at that time was 65 years. It is only when the retirement age was raised to 70 years that I accepted to file my nomination. This clearly proves the blatant falsehood being spread by AMUTA office bearers that I tried for 5 years for the appointmentâ€.
Lt. Gen. Shah said that the project worth 20 Cr were awarded by open tender to the lowest bidder. The documents for the same can be examined and they will reveal the false allegations leveled by AMUTA.
He said, â€œAMUTA may please name his relatives who have benefitted. Not a single employee or contractor of AMU is his relative. A few who claimed to be relatives are rather disappointed that their claim has been spurned by the Vice-Chancellorâ€.
He made it clear that â€œthe Vice-Chancellor had to dispense with important office bearers who were inefficient and untrustworthy. Some went to the Court. He has now full faith on his present teamâ€.
Lt. Gen. Shah said, â€œThe proposed guest house was not solely for the bicentenary celebrations. AMU has a capacity to accommodate only 50 guests. We cannot have any international conference, a pre requisite for a university vying for world class status. In any case it was proposed by an alumnus who had contributed very generously to AMU. The offer has now been withdrawn by him. AMUTA can try and raise money for a first rate guest house if they are capableâ€.
The Vice Chancellor clarified, â€œSir Syed Education Foundation is not a family trust. It is part of CEPECAMI whose purpose is to promote â€˜Education and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of Indiaâ€™. The organization of the proposed trust will be put before the Executive Council for approvalâ€.
Lt. Gen. Shah, however, regretted that â€œAMUTA is backing a few students who held members of Executive Council and Academic Council hostage in the Administrative Block by unprovoked firingâ€. â€œThe Vice-Chancellor cannot be pressured by anybody â€“ least of all AMUTAâ€, he declared.
Declaring that â€œall attempts have been made for a CBI enquiry by the administration in the murder of Alamgir, including a meeting with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Union Home Ministerâ€, the Vice Chancellor asserted, â€œMay be AMUTA can attempt for the CBI enquiry to fructifyâ€.
He also clarified that â€œMr. Mustafa Zaidiâ€™s chamber was sealed because he was using it to encourage disruptive activities on the campusâ€.
Terming AMUTAâ€™s resolution of 13 November 2015 and Press Release of 16 November 2015 full of blatant falsehoods and deplorable, Lt. Gen. Shah said that AMUTA has not answered his question, â€œHave they ever done anything constructive for AMU?â€