There has been a controversy on the reduction of holidays announced by the Aligarh Muslim University. It is clarified that the Government of India has authorized only 17 holidays with an addition of 3 restricted holidays.
Keeping in mind the mandatory gazetted holidays, some holidays were reduced by the University to increase number of days available for academic pursuit. However, in view of the sentiments of the majority and the affected students, the Aligarh Muslim University has decided to observe holiday on Mahashivratri. The holiday for Holi has been reduced from two to one. In addition, the birthday of Hazrat Ali will also be observed as a holiday while the holiday for Eidul Adha will be reduced from three to two.