Aligarh Muslim University, which was closed sine die last month following protests over the murder of a student, is likely to reopen in a phased manner from the first week of December.

A decision to this effect was taken yesterday at the meeting of senior officials, according to an official release.

The decision, however, comes with a rider.

“The decision to reopen depends on whether the agitating students and teachers agree to end their ongoing agitation and are ready to provide a conducive atmosphere for normal functioning of the university,” AMU’s official spokesman Dr. Rahat Abrar said.

Dr. Abrar said the exact dates for reopening will be taken by the Executive Council, scheduled to meet on November 21.

The university has also decided to declare the winter vacation from November 15 to minimise loss of working days.

He said AMU vice-chancellor P K Abdul Azis had a “fruitful” meeting with leaders of the agitating AMU Teachers Association (AMUTA).

Secretary of the AMU Teachers Association Jamshed Siddiqui, however, told PTI that the talks were cordial but the vice-chancellor continues to adopt a rigid attitude towards the issues related to the teachers and students.

AMU was closed indefinitely on October 30 following agitation by the students, demanding action against those responsible for the murder of a fellow student, and better security at the campus.

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