Jinnah row: Tension continues in AMU, exams postponed
Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday postponed all the examinations for the 2017-18 academic sessions amid the prevailing tension within the campus over the display of Mohammad Ali Jinnah's potrait in students' union hall.
According to a statement issued by the AMU's public relations office, the examinations of the 2017-18 sessions will now commence on May 12, with no further postponements.
The protest by students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) continued on its fourth day, with agitating students demanding the arrest of Hindu Jagaran Manch (HJM) activists who allegedly forcibly entered the university, vandalised its property, and breached the security of visiting former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari.
The Jinnah row started after BJP's Aligarh MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU raising objections to the portrait. The University said portraits of all life members of the student union hang there.
Jinnah, a founder member of the University Court, had also been given this honour before Partition. AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor on Friday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital where three of the students injured in the police lathi-charge are being treated. agitating over the portrait of the Pakistan founder.
Meanwhile, AMU Teachers' Association (AMUTA) has sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind asking him to "urgently institute" a high-level judicial probe into the incident.
Jinnah, a lawyer and politician, was the founder of Pakistan and also served as the leader of All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's independence on August 14, 1947.