The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) experts a week
after they toured Maharashtra for inspecting the lands for the
proposed AMU sub centre in the state, found the lands identified
in Malegaon as unsuitable and opted for Khuldabad as a better
"The Aligarh Muslim University has
informed the Government of Maharashtra that Khuldabad site
situated in Sulibhanjan comprising 332 acres of land is best
suitable to establish the AMU centre", a press statement released
by the AMU on November 04 said.
"AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis in a letter addressed
to Shri Mahesh Pathak, Secretary, Higher and technical Education,
Government of Maharashtra said that the power and water
availability to the proposed land and the convenience of
transferability to AMU as being owned by the Government of
Maharashtra besides the logistic facilities were important among
other considerations in the selection of Khuldabad site", it
The statement further said, "Prof. Azis has urged the state
Government to give the entire 332 acres of land with addition of
10 acres of land lying adjacent to the social forestry region."
He also asked for protected water be
provided by the state Government along with a 33 KV electricity
sub-station at the proposed site and the site be connected by a 30
meter wide road from the national highway within three month
besides ensuring that the land be encumbrances-free and
contiguous, measured, fenced up by the government and to be
transferred in favour of the Registrar of AMU Aligarh and all the
land record handed over to on the day of land transfer.
Prof. Azis also requested to handover the land within a shortest
possible time preferably within one month so that the University
can prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and Detailed
Feasibility Report (DFR) for submission to the Government of India
and seek the permission of the President of India in her capacity
as the Visitor of the University as was done in the case of
Murshidabad and Malappuram Centre.
The decision came after the six-member AMU team led by Prof PK
Abdul Azis visited Maharashtra on October 26, 2011 and inspected
the lands in Khuldabad and Malegaon identified for the purpose.
While the land proposal from
Malegaon had officially been sent to the AMU VC for his approval
by the Department of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of
Maharashtra, request for the land inspection in Khuldabad was sent
by Minister of State for Primary Education Mrs. Fauzia Khan.
Meanwhile, the AMU decision has
generated shock waves in Malegaon where efforts to get the centre
established in the region were on for the last three years. One of
the most backward areas in Maharashtra and the only town in the
state with more than 75% Muslim population, Malegaon thought
establishment of the AMU centre here would compensate for the
losses and negligence of the last sixty years.