UGC feels that the centrally funded Universities are secular institutions and such Religious words in their names do not reflect that character.
Words such as ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ in names of the universities Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University do not reflect their secular character and should be dropped, according to recommendation maden by UGC Panel.
Panel was formed to probe alleged irregularities in the 10 Central Universities and recommendations have been made in Audit Report of AMU.
The Centrally funded universities are secular institutions but such words related to the religion in their names do not reflect that character, a panel member said on the condition of anonymity.
Universities can be simply called Aligarh University and Banaras University or be renamed after their Founders, Panel member added.
Other Universities that were audited by Panel included are Pondicherry University, Allahabad University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Central University of Jharkhand, Central University of Rajasthan, Central University of Jammu, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha, University of Tripura and Hari Singh Gour University in Madhya Pradesh.