Thank Allah for MP’s refusal of AMU centre

There seems to be a blessing in disguise in MP’s refusal of an AMU centre. It has saved both parties a lot of embarrassment. There would have been a lot of unpleasant occurrences creating more of ill-will than goodwill. The tussle would have begun with “bhoomi pooja”. While the culture-dons would have insisted on it, the guests would have resented. Each guest would have been welcomed with a traditional “tilak” at the time of entry. With blowing of conch and breaking of coconut, prasad would have to be distributed. The inauguration programme would have begun with ‘Saraswati pooja’ and the officers of AMU might have desisted from garlanding the idol. There would have been annual ten-day Ganesh poojas within the premises. Any attempt to skip any such activity might have flared the tempers of the rulers. This again would have inflamed not only Uma Bharati campaigning in U.P. but also Mohan Bhagwat at Nagpur. Protest rallies might have further spoiled the so-called congenial environment built (if any). It is surprising that the education minister did not get any clue about the proposal and its refusal while the Principal Secretary (Education) maintains silence over the affair.

So far as higher standards and better opportunities are concerned (as a former alumnus of AMU, who had been VC of Indore University, lamented), suffice it to say that these are undesirable qualities which none bothers to acquire in MP institutions. VCs are shunted not for academic reasons but for non-academic ones – mostly as a result of blackmailing tactics of employees. The recent drama at DAUV Indore should warn any prospective proposal. All institutions in M.P. have succumbed to the muscle power of unions simply because no one wants to work here and they would not allow anyone else to work.
(This writer had been an insider for 42 years)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2012 on page no. 11

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