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Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, who became vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University in May, is not the only retired military officer at the varsity. There is Group Captain (retd) Shahrukh Shamshad, who joined as registrar, also in May, and Brigadier (retd) Syed Ahmad Ali, who was appointed pro vice-chancellor last month. With them in command, AMU is witnessing some welcome changes. The non-teaching staff now reach the campus before the scheduled time of 9.30 am and stay till 5 pm. The university has decided that they can meet the authorities only between 3 pm and 4 pm, not any time they like. Similarly, the teachers can meet the authorities only between 4 pm and 5 pm. The
V-C recently asked the employees to avoid consumption of cigarette, gutkha, paan and tobacco on the campus and keep the campus clean and hygienic — something no one bothered much about in the past. Earlier this month, the V-C asked the teachers to declare their assets before October 15. Sources said that in spite of some murmurs of protest, a large number of teachers and non-teaching staff complied. The university administration, however, is still waiting for improvement in discipline among students.
Badaun bursts bubble
MP from Badaun Dharmendra Yadav, who is also Mulayam Singh Yadav's nephew, was on cloud nine after he delivered a speech in Hindi at the UNO, where he had gone as part of a delegation of MPs. He never missed a chance to point out that other delegates praised him for promoting Hindi at the UN. His supporters in Badaun organised a felicitation programme where speakers hailed his feat. However, district SP president and MLC Banwari Lal Yadav wasn't very impressed. "We accept that big leaders listened to you at the UNO. We also speak in Hindi, but here the district officials do not listen to us. Our workers are harassed during vehicle checking. Will you do something about this in Badaun?" Banwari Lal reportedly said. One does not know how the MP felt, but Banwari Lal Yadav is close to Mulayam Singh Yadav while his son Ashish Yadav is SP MLA from Shekhupur in Badaun.
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