The high level AMU expert team which was in Maharashtra on a three
day tour to inspect the land for its proposed centre in the state
left for Aligarh via New Delhi today morning. During its stay in
Maharashtra, the team inspected the lands in Aurangabad and
Malegaon that were identified for the purpose. Flowers and
protests both greeted the team during its three-day stay in the
After arriving in Aurangabad from
New Delhi by air,
the team led by AMU Vice Chancellor Prof PK Abdul Aziz inspected
the lands located at two different places near Aurnagabad on October
26 in the morning.
According to Mrs Fauzia Khan,
Minister of State for Primary Education and Awkaf, the AMU team
visited two locations - one around ten kms to Aurangabad and the
other at Khuldabad around 30 kms away.
Principal Secretary of Minority
Development Department Mrs Thekkekara and Secretary of Minority
Commission, Govt. of Maharashtra Syed Hashmi were also present in
Aurangabad for the land inspection.
Aurangabad district officials
assisted Minister Mrs Fauzia Khan and others for AMU team's smooth
Later, after visiting Tomb of Great
Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb the team left for Malegaon.
The ummid.com staff reporter who was
travelling with the team from Aurangabad to Malegaon said that a
huge crowd which comprised of heads of local educational
institutions, teachers, social activists and leaders from all
political parties including Nasik MP Sameer Bhujbal, local MLAs
Mufti Mohd Ismael and Dada Bhuse greeted the team when it entered
Malegaon at around 01:15 PM.
Some of the people had traveled from
neighboring and faraway places to meet the AMU team. Prominent
among them were Students' Islamic Organization (SIO) Zonal
Secretary Irshad Khan who traveled from Nagpur to Malegaon and
various heads of education institutes of Yeola, Nasik, Dhule and
"The enthusiasm can be gauged from
the fact that people from all walks of life literally lined up to
greet the AMU team and to stress the need for establishment of the
AMU off-campus centre near Malegaon so that they also get access
to higher education", Dharma Anna, Sarpanch of Daregaon said while
speaking to ummid.com.
In Malegaon, the AMU team visited
two spots that were identified for the proposed AMU sub centre.
The Nasik District Magistrate P Velrasu said that the two spots in
Malegaon AMU team visited are - one at Rampura some 30 kms from Malegaon
and the other 22 kms to Malegaon at Jalgaon-Chondi near Manmad -
the major railway junction which connects North and South India.
After having lunch at Jamia
Mohammadia Mansoora rest house, the team held a prolonged
discussion with Nasik MP Sameer Bhujbal, local MLAs Mufti Ismael
and Dada Bhuse, District Magistrate P Velrasu, and members
of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) and Citizens for
Development & Peace (CDP).
During the meeting, Vice chancellor
Prof PK Abdul Aziz and team members Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, Prof. Jawaid
Akhtar, Prof. Ekram Husain, Prof. N. A. K. Durrani and Prof. M. Saud
Alam Qasmi explained in detail the motive behind establishment of
this centre and its expected impact on the overall development of
Meanwhile, in an unpleasant incident
during AMU team's visit to Maharashtra, the team also had to face
besides flowers protests both in Aurangabad and Malegaon.
While Shiv Sena-BJP activists camped
near the Khuldabad location carrying saffron and black flags, at
Rampura site of Malegaon, the team was stopped just near the
proposed land. Local MP Sameer Bhujbal and DM P Velarsu talked to
the protesting crowd of around 500 villagers, but they were not
ready to allow the AMU team to visit the proposed site.
The AMU team however peacefully
inspected the other site located 14 to Manmnad Railway junction.
Later while addressing the press
conference with District Magistrate P Velrasu, AMU VC said, "Some
forces are opposing tooth and nail the establishment of the AMU
centres. First they opposed when we visited other states and now
they are doing the same in Maharashtra."
"However", he added, "The project
has the backing of the majority of the people in the country
including Hindus, Muslims and people from other religions and
classes and we are trying our best to make these centres a
In reply to a question, the Vice
Chancellor said that the AMU team few days after reaching Aligarh will hold a meeting and decide on the final locations.
Refuting the media reports which
were appearing in a section of the media since last few weeks, the
Vice Chancellor said, "At this stage I can't say anything about
the final location. I can only assure you that an AMU centre will
be established in Maharashtra very soon and we are all set to
start the academic activities from the next academic year".