What can be a better demand on the occasion of the International
Women's Day than asking for a University Campus to
empower them with higher education. And this is what exactly hundreds of
girl students in Malegaon did in response to a survey done by ummid.com on
An overwhelming number of the girl
students from various schools and colleges in Malegaon when asked
about their priorities on the occasion of the International
Women's Day said, they want the government to give nod to the
establishment of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off campus
centre in this Muslim dominated textile town struggling since
years to come out of the trauma it under went due to the series of
communal conflict and two deadly terrorists attacks.
"On this occasion, we urge the
government to grant us the permission to establish Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU) off campus centre in Malegaon. This will perhaps
compensate the loss we have incurred due to several riots and
terrorist attacks that were staged in the city to keep us
marginalized", responded more than 95% of the girl students, who
took part in the survey conducted by ummid.com on Women's Day.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is
establishing its off campus centre in five states of the country
including Maharashtra. Though the effort to get the centre in
Malegaon is on since 2008, it received support from different
corners after the tragic death of Yeshwant Sonawane - the top
government official, who a day before he met with his tragic fate
on January 25, 2011 had submitted to the government the proposal
confirming availability of the land in Malegaon for the purpose.
ummid.com on the occasion of the
International Women's Day asked the girl students at JAT Arts, Sc
and Commerce College, Sardar B.Ed College, Mohammadia Tibbia
College, ATT High Schoold & Jr College and Malegaon Girls' College
about their priorities on the occasion. Majority of them spoke
about lack of opportunities in the town for higher education.
"People say Muslim girls are not
interested in education. The fact is that most of us drop out
because we do not have the opportunities here in Malegaon for
further education", said Sahrina Tehseen, firs year student of
"If the government gives nod to the
establishment of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) off campus centre
in Malegaon, like the girls in other regions it will open the door
of higher education for us also", she said.
Some of the girls on the occasion
expected from the government a better advertising policy and
coordination for its minority welfare schemes.
"First of all, we are informed about
the government schemes and scholarships very late. Then we do not
have any mean to follow up about the status. The result is that we
just do not know when the scholarship amounts would be transferred
in our accounts", said Falak Naaz, a second year student of BUMS.
The quota for Unani doctors in
government hospitals was also in the minds of some students and
they appealed the government to consider their long pending
"The government has reserved quota
for ayurvedic and other doctors. There is no such facility for
Unani doctors. On this occasion, we demand from the government to
extend the same facility to us also", Dr. Aisha Shaikh of
Mohammadia Tibbia College said.