The Supreme Court on Monday declined to interfere with the process of selection and appointment of Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) Vice Chancellor. Further, the apex court also dismissed a plea in this regard.
The court refused to de-tag another plea in which the appointment of the current VC has been challenged from the petition in which AMU's status as a minority institution was held as unconstitutional by the Allahabad High Court.
Before dismissing the plea challenging the ongoing process on the appointment of the VC after the retirement of the incumbent, a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar andJustice N V Ramana took on record that the three shortlisted candidates fulfill the academic guidelines laid by UGC for the post.
AMU submitted that since it was a minority institution, it was not mandatory for it to adhere to the UGC guidelines but in the current process, all the three candidates out of the five, who were in the fray, fulfill the UGC guidelines. A petition was filed earlier in the apex court challengingAMU's selection process in appointing Lt Gen (Retd)Zameeruddin Shah as the Vice Chancellor of the university.