Al-Azhar may delay academic study: official
The entrance of Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Al-Azhar academic study could be delayed due to incomplete maintenance of the on-campuses houses, an official from the university told The Cairo Post Saturday, denying the firing professors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood before the academic year.

The university council will hold a meeting during this week to set a fixed time for beginning of the first academic semester and the preparation for the new academic year, said the media advisor of al-Azhar University Hossam Shaker.

Shaker ruled out the council would discuss the situation of 13 professors who face charges of inciting violence among the students during the last year.

Youm7 reported Saturday that the council would consider letting go of professors who face charges of inciting violence before the start of the new year; dean of High Studies Faculty at the University Mohamed Sami Abu Asy said in press remarks Saturday that he would not allow any professor affiliated to the Brotherhood to take a position in the faculty.

According to the University Law, the legal committee investigates with the professors who hereby should be suspended from doing their academic duties until further notice, Sahker continued.

Following the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda squares in August, 2013, the university witnessed several protests and clashes between the students and the security forces; dozens of students were arrested and some of them referred to a criminal court over charges of committing riots and inciting violence.

The university vice-president Ahmed el-Hosseiny told al-Hayat channel Dec. 29, 2013 that at least seven professors face charges of inciting violence an urging the students to abstain from taking their mid-term exams.

The university suspended 100 students belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood following the Rabaa dispersal in August 2013; but the Administrative Court of the State Council ordered halting the decision on Aug. 17, 2014.

Other universities have witnessed several protests and clashes as well after the dispersal; the Minister of High Education announced Thursday that the start of the academic year would be delayed to Oct. 11. The study was scheduled to start on Sept. 27.

The minister said the studies were postponed due to the dormitories of the universities not being prepared yet.

Al-Azhar University is affiliated only to the al-Azhar Sheikhdom, not the Ministry of Higher Education.

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