Kishanganj/ Patna: Though there would be no reservation for Muslims in Aligarh Muslim University’s Kishanganj Campus, a sigh of relief and happiness prevails in Muslim community as after long controversy and debate land for the said campus is in the hands of AMU authorities.
30th December 2011 would be remembered for decades in Kishanganj and the educational field of Bihar. It is also a memorable day for AMU vice chancellor Dr. PK Abdul Azis as he was quite eager to get the land issue cleared before his retirement.
There were many agitations for the land acquisition for this campus in and out of Bihar. Last October thousands of demonstrators blocking railway and road transport.
The Kishanganj Campus of AMU has to face stiff resistance from forces like the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the student wing of BJP which is the alliance partner of Nitish Kumar led Bihar government.
It is expected that the session would start from next July though it would take ten years to build the needed infrastructure there. The AMU VC has requested the state government to provide a building on rent to start the session.
AMU VC Dr. Azis says that they hope to start some courses by July 2012. Mr. Azis says this Campus of AMU is more ambitious. AMU is expected to spend Rs. 1300 crores and Rs. 100 crores in Murshidabad and Mallepuram Campus respectivle towards build up of the infrastructure. It is expected that similar amount would be spent in Kishanganj opening the doors of jobs for locals.
Mr. Azis promises that the Kishanganj centre would be a state of the art centre for higher education with international facilities and tech support.
The district magistrate of Kishanganj Sandeep Kumar R Pudukalkatti and AMU registrarDr. Abdul Jalil signed the land transfer agreement. Though AMU required 250 acres of land, it got 224.02 acres I ub Mauza Chakala and Gobindpur villages under Kishanganj circle. Earlier the government was providing land in three different blocks but the AMU authorities insisted to provide a single and contiguous block of land which finally it got though it is minus 26 acres.
The deal was signed in the presence of energy minister and in charge of Kishanganj district Vijendra Prasad Yadav as the HRD minister Mr. PK Sahi was away who had quite a bad spat with the AMU authorities. Although the principal secretary Mr. Anjani Kumar Singh was present on this occasion.
DM, Kishanganj Sandeep Kumar informed that now the expert committee of AMU would have send the detailed project report to Union HRD ministry and a detailed finance report to finance ministry. AMU would also seek the President cum Visitor’s nod to launch the academic session.