PRAYAGRAJ: As many as 12 out of 15 members of Allahabad University's (AU) council, the apex decision-making body of the varsity, aren't in favour of altering the name of the central university to Prayagraj University.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) recently asked the university administration to ask for the opinion of all members of its Executive Council (EC) through e-mail.
The move comes after Allahabad was renamed as Prayagraj by the Yogi Adityanath government in October 2018.
The university, however, continued as Allahabad university.
PRO of Allahabad University, Shailendra Mishra, said that the EC members were requested to make everyone aware of their stand by the registrar Prof N K Shukla following instructions from the HRD ministry.
Twelve members have conveyed their unwillingness on changing the name of the university, he said.
Three remaining members of the council didn't respond, the pro added.
He said that the views of the EC members had been conveyed to the HRD ministry on Monday. As per rules, the proposal to alter the name of Allahabad University needs to be approved the EC and sent to HRD ministry, following which it'll be tabled in the Parliament since it's a central university.
After being greenlit by the Parliament, the proposal would be sent to the President for approval and necessary changes may be made in the university's act, statutes and ordinances.
The HRD move was being seen as a precursor of the Centre formally seeking a proposal in this regard from AU if most of EC members were found in favour of changing the name.