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Jamia alumni against; AMU Students, Alumni wants PM Modi in upcoming convo.

As earlier, Jamia Millia Islamia University has requested to PM Narendra Modi to attend university  Convocation as a Chief Guest, Alumni of Jamia are against of it due to high criticism by PM during Batla House encounter during 2008.

Here is the another part of story where Aligarh Muslim University Students want PM Modi as Chief Guest and Minister of Human Resource Development Srimati Smriti Irani in upcoming convocation in March 2016.

This comes barely three months after the varsity’s Vice Chancellor, Zameer Uddin Shah, had pulled put of an event organised by Modi’s close aide Zafar Sareshwala in Bihar after Shah’s proposed presence at the event “became a talking point on the (AMU) campus” with both students and teachers raising their objection. This time, however, the campaign is “very clear on this front”. “We are requesting the students and the staff that they may be against the BJP but we should not be against the government.

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Modi is our Prime Minister and Smriti Irani is the minister of the HRD, which governs our university. If they come to the campus, many of our problems that are pending will be solved,” Pervez Siddiqui, a student of Masters in Tourism Administration and involved with the campaign, told The Indian Express. The recorded voice messages will be delivered to the AMU administration and to the HRD ministry. “We have already collected nearly 100 such messages and the number is increasing every day,” Pervez said. Another student pointed out to the AMU’s Kishanganj centre, which is strapped for funds and reportedly hasn’t received any money from the Centre.

“If Irani comes to the campus, we can explain our problem and she can solve it,” the student said, even as several others — Abdul Khaliq Kamil, a research scholar in Arabic; Shahid Ahmed, a student of MCom — echoed the sentiment while confirming that they have joined the campaign and recorded their messages. Traditionally, chief guests at AMU, if they are part of the government, often announce assistance and new projects for the campus.

The varsity’s alumni, meanwhile, have started their own campaign, with members exchanging emails among each other garnering support for the invitation to Modi and Irani, days after JMI in Delhi came under controversy over the invitation extended to the PM. Dr Jasim Mohammad, who heads the Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis, said, “We will impress Modi by traditional welcome and he will be able to closely understand Muslim culture in a better way. His presence at the AMU will send more than one positive message silencing those who are against its historic tradition and culture.

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