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05 October 2011

AMU VC Prof. Abdul Azis denounces allegation of keeping his date of birth a secret

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has clarified that his date of birth is widely available on the web and in public domain for the past three years on the official website of the University www.amu.ac.in.

It is indeed intriguing that a stale RTI information of 2010 was once again recycled to keep the flames of the denigration campaign alive against the venerable office of the AMU Vice Chancellor.

A Press release issued by Zeeshan Ahmad, Assistant Public Relations Officer AMU, said: “The intention of raising the issue of my date of birth becomes even murkier as Mr. Waseem Ahmad, a former Rajya Sabha member and the then Member of AMU’s Executive Council, himself obtained my detailed resume in 2007 for placing the same in the VC panel”. My bio-data including the date of birth was placed before the Executive Council and subsequently in the University Court. The whole AMU fraternity is aware of this fact, he pointed out.

Prof. Azis further said that it is a well-known fact and Mr. Waseem knows it the best that AMU Visitor (Hon’ble President of India) is the appointing authority of AMU Vice Chancellor and his personal file is in MHRD and instead of seeking the required information from the Visitor’s / MHRD office, he has deliberately knocked on the wrong doors as part of the larger design. It is a testimony of his deep frustration that despite his massive efforts, that misled both MHRD and the Hon’ble Visitor in setting up a slew of probes, nothing incriminating was found either against the Vice Chancellor or the University. He appears to be the ‘Guardian Angel’ of AMU in MHRD circle.

“When I denied to Mr. Waseem the illegitimate largesse he was enjoying in AMU such as free guest house stay and meals, local transportation in official vehicles, quota in admissions, appointments and contracts, his hostile faculties suddenly woke up and assumed the present dimensions”, he elaborated.

Deploring the rising trend of distortion of facts in a section of the Press, he pointed out that when contacted, the AMU PRO, Dr. Rahat Abrar had told the correspondent of a national newspaper that the information on the date of birth is available on the website. The University is unable to understand why the correspondent had put out a blatantly one-sided story to sully the image of the AMU Vice Chancellor. It is further intriguing that the said correspondent had solely relied on the utterly biased opinion provided by one Dr. Tariq Islam, a Reader in the Department of Philosophy, whose role as an RTI activist is found to be a ploy to cover up his own very doubted academic credentials. He keeps attacking the authorities to save himself from any action, the Vice Chancellor observed.

Prof. Azis further explained that the Aligarh Muslim University does have a foolproof and well-established system in place to determine the crucial date of retirement of its Vice Chancellor and other concomitant considerations and all concerned including the MHRD are aware of the date when the present Vice Chancellor would demit office. The University has initiated the task with utmost transparency and responsibility, dubious and malicious interventions ultimately tarnish the glorious image of the AMU and its chief academic and executive officer.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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