AMU withdraws decision to cut annual holidays

Aligarh Muslim University

Following objections from some quarters over the reduction of annual holidays at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), the authorities today decided to restore the holidays for Mahashivratri and Ali Day(birthday of Hazrat Ali).

Under the revised notification issued by the University last night, their will be 24 annual festival holidays.

AMU authorities had earlier this week decided to cut down the annual festival holidays with the objective of "increasing work output" at the University.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad had protested against the decision alleging that the move smacked bias against a particular community.

The Central Government has listed 17 gazetted holidays and another three restricted holidays bringing the total to 20, University spokesperson Rahat Abrar told reporters here.

He added that while cutting down the number of festival holidays, the University has followed the recommendations of the Central Government.

The University has added four extra holidays keeping in mind the "special background and traditions" of the national institution.

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