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Now AMU prohibiting entry to people whose presence is "not in the interest" of AMU

ALIGARH: The administration of Aligarh Muslim University has settled into a pattern of prohibiting entry to people whose presence is "not in the interest" of the institution, according to official circulars.

One of the orders whose copies were obtained by TOI deals with retired university employees found undesirable for various reasons. In October 2014, the office of the university registrar sent out a circular to all section heads against the retired University employees Ahmad Kamal, assistant finance officer and retired section officer Khaliquzzama.

The order instructs all section heads that Kamal and Khaliquzzama are "henceforth restrained to visit any section of AMU administrative block. All concerned are requested to kindly bring this to the notice of the staff working in the administrative block and stop meeting the above mentioned persons."

A copy of this letter was marked to the university proctor with instructions: "Kindly direct security staff working at the main gate, administrative block to identify the persons concerned and not allow them to get entry in the block."

The retired official Khaliquzzama against whom the order was passed, said, "I was a whistleblower on campus, had been using RTI to get sensitive information but seriously I never thought my activism would lead to ban orders against me, and I was not even informed about it. I was told by people and later I confirmed. Last year I had gone to get AMU directory and inquired about it, later I got to know that the people I interacted with were asked to explain the reason for interacting with "anti-social elements." Then I realized I was under surveillance."

In June 2014, Krishna Murari Sharma, reporter with a Hindi daily was restricted from entering the campus for allegedly taking part in "an anti-AMU tirade", with a sternly-worded circular saying, "Sharma may not be given any reception in AMU's offices or entertained by any staff in any manner. If anyone in the university has any contact with him, he will himself be responsible for his act."

There are different degrees of prohibition for others. "There are subtle hint for others like me whose chambers had been sealed to tell them they are not welcome in the university. I am the only suspended teacher who has active research scholars under him. Sealing my chamber has led to the loss of academic activity. I have written to the V-C about this," alleged suspended AMUTA secretary Mustafa Zaidi. Other teachers who were suspended and were "subtly banned from campus because of sealing of chambers" include Nadeem Rezavi, associate professor of history and Hasan Mateenul Islam from statistics.

When asked about the impact of these restrictions, and if it has helped, vice-chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah said, "Of course it has. These people were working in a way that was not in the interest of the university, trying to get classified information. These people were roaming around and spreading dissatisfaction among students."
TOI

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