Aligarh, Dec 1: In what comes as a shocker, a student from Aligarh Muslim University, who is Ph.D. scholar has claimed that the varsity has asked him to return his degree for "praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the media".
While seeking PM Modi’s urgent intervention, AMU student Danish Rahim said, “AMU asked me to return degree in linguistic and to get one in Language in Advertising and Marketing (LAM) course instead. It’s happening to me because I praised PM.” He informed that he was reprimanded by the Chairman Department of Linguistics for praising PM Modi.
Rahim claimed that he was asked to refrain from doing such things that were against the University culture. "This infers that he associates you (PM Modi) with a right-wing group and hardliner politician, which in my view, is merely a myth. Further, he says that if I repeat the action, action will be taken against me," Danish Rahim wrote in a letter addressed to the Indian Prime Minister.
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He further added, "A notice had been issued to me to deposit my PhD degree back to AMU. Since I took 5 years of hard work to get this reputed degree, how come I can return my degree to AMU that too for parsing the PM of 138 crore Indians. If AMU cancels my PhD degree, my whole career will be at stake."
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However, the University has denied all such claims. AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidway informed, "The allegations are totally baseless. He did his MA & PhD in LAMM (Language of Advertising & Marketing) course of the Department of Linguistics, which also offers a PhD degree in Linguistics. Since he did his MA in LAM, he should get PhD degree in LAM."
He further added that the administrative decision was not influenced by politics. "By mistake, he was given PhD degree in Linguistics. The mistake will be rectified… This incident has nothing to do with politics," Shafey Kidway emphasised.