The proposal to change the name of Allahabad University has been dismissed. 12 members of the Allahabad University executive council have rejected the request to rename the prestigious institution.
Following the directions of The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, registrar A K Shukla had asked the EC for suggestions. Following this, 12 members rejected the request to change the name of the institution, saying that there was no requirement of this action.
It is to be noted that former vice-president Adil Hamza had written a letter in blood to oppose the proposal of changing the university’s name.
Preparation for filing a petition against this move in the High Court was also in progress. The petition mentioned the demand to not change the name. Moreover, SP MLC Vasudev Yadav had written a letter to President Ramnath Kovind requesting that the name of the university should not be changed.
Allahabad University Public Relations officer Shailendra Mishra informed that 12 out of 15 members of the council said that changing the name of the university was not required. Only 12 members responded and all of them recommended not to change the name of Allahabad University.
The HRD ministry was informed about the council’s opinion on Monday.
It is to be noted that a few months back, the university was sent a letter from the HRD ministry, The UP government, and (then) Divisional Commissioner Ashish Goyal. The letter sought the opinion of the council on changing its name to Prayagraj University.
A 135 years old legacy
Allahabad University is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in India. The 135 years old university was established in 1887.
Several eminent personalities received their education at Allahabad University, which is also known as the Oxford of the East. Former PM B.P Singh and Chandra Shekhar are among the former students of the institution.