“What the Vice Chancellor is condemnable, but the media blew the issue out of proportion. Girls in general are allowed in the Maulana Azad Library, just undergraduate girls from Women’s college are not allowed. ” Gulfiza Khan, President of the Women’s College Students Union, told ABP News.
“Undue sensationalization does not help our cause. We stick to our demand for better access to university resources, but we also protest against the defamation of the university on unfair grounds,” she added.
Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah had sparked outrage when he said that if girls are allowed to come to the university's central library, then “four times more boys” will follow. Shah had made the comments in response to the demand raised by female undergraduate students.
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Waving banners against media attempts to ‘defame’ the institution, students staged a protest march in the campus on Wednesday and burnt effigies of BJP and ‘biased media’. Widespread opinion on the campus was that the central government was in collusion to give a communal and sexist angle to an administrative issue.
Students expressed anger over the impression created in social media and elsewhere that there is a blanket ban on girls from the University’s central library, when in fact it applied only to students of the affiliated all girls’ college situated 3kms away from the main campus.
“The HRD Minister has served a notice to the Vice-Chancellor and has called his statement an “insult to daughters”...if the HRD Ministry is so concerned about the students of AMU (its girls students in particular) it should immediately sanction funds for the upgradation of the Women’s College Library. Moreover, it must overrule its decision of reducing the funds allotted for the University.
We also condemn the irresponsible and careless remarks of the Vice- Chancellor. We would like to reiterate that the Vice- Chancellor should stop making statements unbecoming of his stature and should ensure that the grievances and problems of the students of AMU particularly those of Women’s College are addressed immediately;” a press release issued by the Students Union said.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, VC Zameer Uddin Shah told ABP News that the administration is looking into the problem of space crunch in the central library and the ban on membership for Women’s College students might be revisited.