04-MAY-2019: Rejoinder on The Times of India Story, 'AMU bars 7 Phd aspirants for three academic sessions', dated May 4, 2019.
May 4: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) takes exception to the newspaper report, 'AMU bars 7 Phd aspirants for three academic sessions', which carried unverified and unauthentic content about Phd admissions in the University.
The story alleges that AMU has favoured a few students in the admission process under the pressure of local politicians and also that a student was given Phd admission in the department of Hindi without following the due procedure. It has also been alleged in the story that the student had not even filled the admission form or appeared for an interview.
It may be noted that the candidate under question in The Times of India story is visually impaired and comes under the Physically Handicapped (PH) category. The candidate had filled up the application form within the stipulated time but the same was not submitted as the submit button was not pressed. Taking into consideration that the candidate is a visually challenged person and was unable to submit the form on her own, she along with some other candidates with similar cases was permitted to submit the form.
The candidate in question is UGC NET/JRF qualified and on account of being NET/JRF qualified; she was exempted from appearing in the written test as per the provisions of the academic ordinances. She subsequently, appeared in the presentation-cum-interview and was selected to pursue her Phd purely on the basis of merit. The allegation that the candidate was selected at the behest of a local politician without the due procedure is totally baseless, misleading and being spread with mala fide intention.
The story quotes an aspirant saying that 'If they (AMU) have nothing to hide, they should be open about the process'. The University categorically states that there is nothing to hide and in this direction, the marks of all the candidates have been uploaded on the website.
AMU requests senior editors of National dailies to first cross check facts from the concerned authorities before publishing news that can defame the University. The University is planning to take legal action in this matter.
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