New Delhi: Aligarh Muslim University, the oldest in the country, is located in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. It was founded by a scholar named Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. However, all religions including Hindus are studying here.
Banaras Hindu University was established in Varanasi, UP to see its development. It is a central university and has many small temples.
Hence the demand to set up a temple in the Aligarh University campus also arises from time to time. This time this demand has been raised by a social organization called Jat Youth Maha Sabha. Its administrators, who are former students, have written to Aligarh University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor pressing their demand. In this, they have warned that they will stage a protest if they do not allow a temple to be built and worship of Sri Rama in the campus.
Aligarh District Jat Youth Maha Sabha President Adesh Chaudhary told the media:
About 4,000 Hindu students study in Aligarh University. They don’t even have a temple in the campus. So a Sri Ram temple should be built in the university campus. If the administration does not have funds for this, we are ready to raise Rs.21 lakhs.
Each hostel has a mosque for Muslim students. Apart from this there are mosques outside the hostels and at many places in the campus. Its number is also increasing. The management should explain where the funds are coming from. It is necessary to state whether central government funds or foreign funds are used for their maintenance.
Recently the slogan was raised on Republic Day, if Madanal Linaka University respects it, it should be given to Hindu students as well. For this, the Vice-Chancellor will be the reason for our vigorous protest if the Sri Ram temple is not built in the campus. Adesh Chaudhary said this.
After hoisting the national flag on January 26 last Republic Day, slogans like ‘Allahu Akbar’ and Nare Takbeer Allahu Akbar’ were raised for the first time among the NCC students who had gathered there. After the videos went viral, organizations including BJP and Hindu Mahasabha filed complaints.
The administration is investigating to take action against the students who raised slogans. The Aligarh police department has also urged the educational institution to take action in this matter.
About 4,000 Hindu students study in Aligarh University. They don’t even have a temple in the campus.