Kolkata: The Mamata government’s bid to rename Aliah University as Aliah Madrasah University in West Bengal has triggered a fresh controversy as it has put the state government and Opposition at loggerheads.

Abu Saleh Shariff, a member of Sachar Committee, objected attaching Madrasah to the name of Aliah University saying he would take up the matter with the government.

Shariff told mediapersons at a programme held here on Wednesday, “Renaming the Aliah University as Aliah Madrasah University is uncalled for.”

A group of students of the Aliah University vociferously protested the move and took out a protest rally. The protesting students said, “If Aliah has got the status of university it does not make any sense to call it Madrasah.”

Shariff said, “Sachar Committee is of the view that social and economic conditions should be made conducive for overall development of Muslims. Emphasis should be laid on actual development instead of giving importance of attaching a name with any organisation.”

Meanwhile, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in the University.

The Left Front government had changed Madrasah into Aliah University during its regime. But, the present government again added Madrasah to its name which has stirred controversy in the state.