Srinagar, Oct 11: In a bizarre move, which has left almost 27 PhD aspirants, including seven Kashmiris, high and dry, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has suddenly cancelled admission of the candidates after their selection.
Seven Kashmiri PhD aspirants along with other 20 students are on hunger strike since October 5 against the university’s move to cancel their admission.
The candidates had applied for admission to PhD in the faculty of Commerce in December 2011 for the session 2011-2012. The entrance test was conducted on March 1, 2012. The date of interview for the candidates who qualified the entrance test was fixed on April 26, 2012. Accordingly, 27 students, including seven Kashmiris, were selected for admission to PhD in the faculty of Commerce.
“In spite of fulfilling all the admission formalities, our admissions were suddenly cancelled through a notification issued by the AMU Registrar on 06.10.2012,” the Kashmiri PhD aspirants told Greater Kashmir over telephone.
Candidates said the bizarre decision of AMU has shattered their dream of higher education. “We are shattered and feel betrayed by this decision of AMU. We have nowhere to go now,” they said.
Candidates said the varsity ordered re-evaluation process of examination papers at the time when they had fulfilled the process of admission. “On the recommendations of some committee which is not allowed as per the AMU PhD Ordinances 2011-2012, the university ordered reevaluation of the papers,” they said. “After re-evaluation, the admission test was declared null and void through a notification from the Registrar’s office without citing any reason.”
“AMU administration has put our future in jeopardy. We are on a hunger strike till death,” the students said.
Pertinently, the candidates have submitted a memorandum to the President of India and Minister for Human Resource Development. A copy of the memorandum has also been sent to Zamir-ud-din Shah, AMU Vice Chancellor.
“Since October 5 we have got no response from the administration. We have no other means to put our voice across. We would continue the hunger strike,” the candidates said.
A student of AMU told Greater Kashmir that the varsity’s student body would support the cause of the candidates. “Their admissions were cancelled without any reason. The university cannot remain silent over cancellation of the admissions. They have to act and come clean on it,” said another student Musarat Hussain.
Kashmiri candidates whose admissions were canceled include: Omar Sharief Sheikh, Javeed Ahmad Bhat, Nyla Zia, Ashfaq Ahmad Thaku, Muzaffar Hussain, Musarat Ahmad and Syed Sajid Hussain.
Vice Chancellor Zamir-ud-din Shah and Registrar AMU Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad (Retired) did not respond to repeated telephone calls from GK.