For Those Who Want To Change Name and Character of AMU: Toppers in Class X Exam Are Dakshita, Tushar and Manvendra
Mumtaz Alam | India Tomorrow
New Delhi/Aligarh, May 30— Some Hindu-right groups have long been demanding change in the name of Aligarh Muslim University and also its minority character. At a regular interval, controversies and sometimes violent protests are engineered around the 100-year-old central university. However, away from the manufactured hateful political discourses, thousands of students – Muslims, Hindus and others – have been doing excellence in their studies. The latest results of Class X exam at the AMU school are a cool and clear reminder to AMU haters and baiters that it is not a ‘madrasa’ or ‘Muslim’ institution, rather a secular, mainstream academic institute where Hindu students also, along with their Muslim classmates, are doing wonders.
The results of Class X exam 2019 at the AMU school were declared last week. A total of 1387 students had sat in the exam. All the top three positions were captured by Hindu students.
First topper was Dakshita Dwivedi (97%), second topper was Tushar Kant and Ayush Varshney who shared the second position with 96.60% each, and the third position was captured by Manvendra Singh Holkar with 96.40%, said an AMU official.
“This is #AMU,” he tweeted.
AMU’s minority status was challenged in the court and for some years it is pending in the Supreme Court.
In February this year, the top court referred the case to seven-judge bench.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred the matter to the larger bench for defining the parameters for grant of minority status to educational institutions.
In 2006, the Allahabad High Court had held that the varsity was not a minority institution. The varsity administration had filed a separate plea against the high court verdict on the issue. The then Congress-led UPA government had also filed a plea supporting AMU’s stand. However, the BJP-led NDA government in 2016 withdrew the affidavit filed by its predecessor and filed fresh affidavit whereby it did not support the minority status of AMU.