After a long battle by a local NGO and eight months after it received the land proposal from Malegaon to
establish Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off campus centre here
in this Muslim dominated city of North Maharashtra, the state
government has finally forwarded it to the university. The
proposal now lies with the AMU VC Prof. PK Abdul Azis for the
"The Maharashtra government has
finally sanctioned the land proposal received from Malegaon to
establish Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off campus centre and
has forwarded it to the AMU vice chancellor for his approval",
Aleem Faizee, Chairman of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS)
said citing the letter sent to him by the state secretariat.
Noble Education & Welfare Society
(NEWS) has been fighting with the government ever since the
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) took the decision in 2008 to
establish its off campus centres in five states of the country
including Maharashtra. NEWS has also been instrumental in
identifying the land near Malegaon and preparing the land proposal
which has now been finally forwarded to the AMU VC for his
"The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
had demanded 250-300 acres of land in Pune to establish its centre
in Maharashtra. When it could not get the required land in Pune,
the government approved the land proposal of Malegaon and sent to
the AMU for further action. The government is now waiting for the
reply from the Vice Chancellor", Aleem
Faizee said while speaking to ummid.com.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government
in various meetings held at the state secretariat in Mumbai had asked
the 35 district collectors of the state to search for suitable land in their
jurisdiction for the AMU off campus centre. Following which only
Malegaon Additional Collector office could identify the land for the purpose and informed the concerned department through
a letter dated August 07, 2010 and on the state government's
demand submitted the detailed proposal on January 24, 2011.
Tragically, a day after submitting
the detailed land proposal for AMU Malegaon, Yeshwant Sonawane -
the Additional Collector of Malegaon, was burnt alive allegedly by
the Oil Mafia.
Meanwhile, AMU Vice Chancellor Prof
PK Abdul Azis has confirmed receiving the Maharashtra government's
letter and is now contemplating further action.
"We have received the letter from
the Government of Maharashtra which confirmed its willingness to establish the
AMU centre in Maharashtra. The letter is accompanied by the
details of the land identified by it near Malegaon. Consideration
is ON on the proposal and a decision would be taken very soon", Prof Azis
said while speaking to ummid.com on phone.
The AMU centre in Malegaon would be the third in the country after Murshidabad in
West Bengal and Mallampuram in Kerala. The other two states in the
AMU's list are Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. While the Bihar
government has also offered the land for the purpose, the Madhya Pradesh
government which is ruled by BJP has not taken any initiative in
this regard so far.