07-NOV-2016: Referring to a Government of India‚??s order, published in the Gazette of India under the Registration No. D.L.-33004/99, S. No. 1244 dated July 1, 2011, the Aligarh Muslim University pointed out that the Ministry of Home Affairs has already made it clear that "whereas the Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary and expedient in the interests of the general public to exempt all bodies constituted or established by or under a Central Act or a State Act requiring to have their accounts compulsorily audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 50 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (42 of 2010), the Central Government hereby exempts all the said statutory bodies from the operation of all the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (42 of 2010) with effect from the date of publication of this order in the official Gazette".
Responding to a notice issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding non-submission of application for renewal of registration certificate under FCRA, the AMU Finance Officer has written to the Ministry on September 26, 2016 clarifying that AMU is exempted from the provisions of the above Act on the grounds that it had been established by an Act of the Parliament and that its accounts are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
The Finance Officer made it clear that the Aligarh Muslim University, which is a historical institution established by an Act of Parliament, should not be clubbed with NGOs and Societies. He said that excluding AMU from the FCRA ambit automatically brings it in the category of institutions which are exempted from FCRA registration or renewal of registration.
It may be noted that a news report had recently claimed that the Central Government had "cancelled the license" of "another 11000 NGOs (including the Aligarh Muslim University)" for getting foreign funds as "they did not apply for renewal (of their registration) in time".