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Malegaon attempts to convince AMU experts one last time

Thursday October 27, 2011 06:50:32 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Amid intense political pressure being built on the AMU experts to finalise Khuldabad near Aurangabad as the final site for the proposed AMU centre in Maharashtra, Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) through records giving details of the existing institutes and other related details attempts to convince the AMU authorities one last time so as to save the AMU Maharashtra from falling into a major controversy and a certain catastrophe.


Stating that the AMU centres established in five states of the country - apart from providing education opportunities to the deprived and marginalised class, should also serve as a channel to bridge gaps between people belonging to different communities and regions, chairman of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) Aleem Faizee says, "However, the manner in which Aurangabad is being pushed for the proposed AMU Maharashtra site is creating not only regional and communal rifts but, if available reports are to be believed, is also giving birth to inter-departmental and inter-ministerial fights."      


"Moreover", he says, "Because of the existence of hundreds of colleges, institutes, a university and its sub-centre in the region offering a wide range of engineering, medical and professional courses, the Student:College ratio in the Marathwada and Aurangabad regions is a bit of concern for the managements. Establishing the AMU centre here will worsen the already disturbed statistics."


According to Navaid Akhtar, member of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS), the Govt. records show that besides Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad city alone has at least 94 colleges and institutes including one Govt Engg College, one Govt. Polytechnic, Marathwada Inst. of Technology, Maharashtra Inst. of Technology, two Autonomous Institutes of Engg, one Govt Medical College, one Govt Dental College, two Women’s Engg Colleges, two Fire & Safety Colleges, fourteen Private Engg Colleges, one College of Homeopathy, four private Dental Colleges, number of Pharmacy colleges, College of Management, College of Paramedical Courses and others.


"Besides these institutes, Aurangabad also has the premium DOEACC Centre - the reputed Computer Center setup by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Mahatama Gandhi Mission's Medical College and Inst. of Management", he says.


"Records of the entire Marathwada region show that the region has a total of 684 colleges and institutes - of them 314 are affiliated to Dr. Baba Saheb Ambekar Marathawada University (Aurangabad), whereas 370 colleges are affiliated to Swami Ramanand Teerath Marathawada University (Nanded)", he added.


"Based on this data, where is the scope left for the AMU centre in the Marathwada region?", asks Aleem Faizee and says, "If anything is there in this region it is enmity with other regions, dirty competition with other institutes, direct conflict with the communal forces and a clear threat of failure and disaster."


"As against this", he says, "Locally, Malegaon does not have any engineering college, any medical college, any management college and not a single government institute. Whatever institutes are available, either govt. or private, they are available in Pune, Mumbai, Jalgaon or Aurangabad - all located more than hundred kms away. If Nashik City - a good 105 kms from Malegaon, has few colleges, most of them are private and hence are unaffordable for the deprived and marginalised classes."


Agreeing that the decision to finalise the location - whether it is Aurangabad or Malegaon, lay solely with the AMU experts, Navaid says, "By showing these records we just want to make available in front of the AMU experts a clearer picture of the region so that they look into considerations all aspects, ground realities, local needs, potential at the ground level, future prospects and above all, the motive with which the AMU had taken the historic decision to establish its sub centers, before taking any final decision."


Meanwhile, local Congress leader and former Maharashtra Legislator Shaikh Rasheed blamed Minister of Minority Development Department Arif Naseem Khan and his deputy Mrs Fauzia Khan of politicizing a campaign which was "completely an educational issue" and announced to sit for a day-long dharna demanding establishment of the AMU centre in Malegaon.


"Arif Naseem Khan and Fauzia Khan had unnecessarily politicized the AMU campaign which was kept alive by the NGOs of Malegaon. Instead of supporting the movement, they behaved improperly and tried to make the entire project controversial", he said while announcing tomorrow's protest plan. 







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