MP Maulana Qasmi lobbying for AMU campus in Kishanganj

By Manzar Bilal,,

Patna: It was one of the hot news stories during the recently conducted Lok Sabha elections that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus would be established in Kishanganj district of Bihar also. This news brought smile on the faces of those minority students who have talent and capacity for higher education but can not access to any good university due to their poverty and lack of sources.

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But as election came to an end government became silent on the issue of establishment of the campus which is ending the hopes of poor students. Local media says that the AMU campus which was to be established in Kishanganj now would be in Murshidabad district of West Bengal because Bihar government did not show interest in providing land required for the campus.

Recently a team of Muslim intellectuals requested Lok Sabha Member from Kishanganj Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi to intervene. Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi met AMU Vice Chancellor Mr. Abdul Azis and appealed to him to open the AMU campus in Kishanganj, saying that the district has 67% Muslim population but they are lagging in both education and economic fields.

Mr. Abdul Azis said that AMU decided to open its campuses in Bhopal (MP), Kishanganj (Bihar), Murshidabad (West Bengal), Malapuram (Kerala) and Pune (Maharashtra) and appealed to the related states to provide at least 300 acres of land for the purpose. While some states kept silent on the matter Bihar chief minister Mr. Nitish Kumar promised to provide land but he did not take any action for that.

Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi informed the media persons that AMU VC promised that as soon as land is provided he will take steps to open a campus in Kishanganj.

Maulana Qasmi said that he would apply his all sources and make efforts to open the campus in Kishanganj. For that he will soon meet chief minister Mr. Nitish Kumar and would request to provide land as soon as possible. Your browser may not support display of this image.

In the Budget 2009-10, the Central government has allocated Rs 25 crore each for the AMU campus in Kerala and West Bengal.