Bihar Govt., AMU Centre "lands' in row:
While the process of land acquisition
for four other centers of Aligarh Muslim University has set in
motion, in Bihar the whole exercise has got mired in controversy.
And the credit for giving birth to this row goes to none else, but
the chief minister Nitish Kumar. ....
The centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Bihar would
come up in 250 acres, instead of 100 acres now, as the Bihar
government has allotted an additional 150 acres of land free to the
have received an official communique from the Bihar government over
the free of cost allotment of the additional land," AMU spokesperson
Rahat Abrar told reporters in this Utar Pradesh town, some 300 km
from state capital Lucknow.
the letter, the Bihar government has also emphasised on early
opening of the varsity's centre," he added.
According to officials, earlier the Bihar government had approved
100 acres land to AMU for setting up the centre in Muslim-dominated
However, referring to the layout of the upcoming campus, the varsity
officials had asked the government to provide an additional 150-200
acres of land as only 100 acres would not be adequate for the new
team of the varsity will be visiting the Kishanganj site very soon
and submit an action plan to accelerate the process and to bring it
on fast track," said Abrar.
According to AMU vice-chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis, the idea behind
setting up the special centre in Bihar is to provide easy access to
modern education to educationally deprived.
Besides Bihar, AMU plans to set up branches in Madhya Pradesh,
Maharashtra, Kerala (Malappuram) and West Bengal (Murshidabad).
university has already received Rs.25 crore each for setting up its
branches in West Bengal and Kerala, university officials added.