Referring to the reported "illegal" establishment of the varsity's three off-campus centres in Kerala, West Bengal and Bihar, he asserted that they had been approved by "the highest policy making bodies of the university, the Government of India and the President of India".

Speaking to reporters after the nearly 40-minute meeting, Shah, who led the five-member delegation comprising some prominent members of the Muslim community, expressed "satisfaction" over the meeting with the Prime Minister.

The memorandum urges the NDA government to revert back to the original stand of previous UPA government of supporting the University in restoring its Minority status.

"India is a secular country and the constitution confers upon the Minorities a fundamental right under Article 31 to enjoy the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice," it said.

Underlining the fact that NDA's sympathetic handling of the issue would have a positive effect on Muslim youth and would "further bind them to the national mainstream", it noted that "AMU students have behaved in an exemplary manner and have not agitated over this issue".

It also recalled that BJP, when it was part of Janata Party under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, had in its manifesto promised to "restore the Minority character of the University".

The AMU Vice Chancellor told the Prime Minister, "We have full faith in your sagacity and your slogan 'Sab Ka Sath, Sab Ka Vikas'."

The delegation also discussed issues related to research and education, skill development, and Ganga rejuvenation, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

Latest News from India News Desk