President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured late Wednesday that his administration would not halt operations of Islamic University of Maldives (IUM).
He made the guarantee amidst public concerns over the recent amendments proposed to the Acts of IUM and Maldives National University (MNU).
The bills, which were submitted to solve the issues faced by IUM and MNU, state that one of their objectives is to ensure that the operations of both universities are made to be as similar as possible. A number of lawmakers spoke in favour of merging the two universities, during the parliamentary debate.
The sentiment was opposed by certain high profile figures, including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former Minister of Islamic Affairs and the second chancellor of IUM, Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, and former Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, who maintained that the presence of IUM was crucial to uphold Islamic values and teachings among Maldivians.
President Solih posted a tweet to soothe concerns, assuring that the continued operations of IUM was part of the current government's policy.
Following his statement, former President Gayoom thanked the president for the assurance.