No any clue when the AMU Kishanganj will be established? This question has totally frustrated the people of Kishanganj and the residents of districts and neighbouring areas. They are all set for agitation against the UPA government at the centre in demand for AMU Kishanganj. Kishanganj Education Movement (KEM) for AMU group, which organized the massive protest on 12th October in 2011 against the Government of Bihar for allocation of land is going to protest on 11th August 2012 infront of Kishanganj District Collectorate in demand of infrastructure development and start of session from this year.
A member of KEM said that the President Wasiqur Rahman has made his intentions cleared about the protest on August 11, 2012. If the Central government doesn’t take any step for allocation the funds to AMU Centre Kishanganj, then the group will go ahead with grand public protest in the month of October. This is really a matter of concern that the Congress led UPA government is treating the matter of AMU Centre Kishanganj as a stepchild.
Earlier the party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other leaders from Congress had blamed the Bihar Government for doing unprecedented delay in allocation the required 250 acres land. However, the Bihar Government had already allocated 224.02 acres land in Kishanganj on December 30, 2011. Since then there is no any development in the work related to AMU Centre in Kishanganj. Still the file of AMU Kishanganj is lying unnoticed in the offices of Ministry of HRD and the government is not giving any statement about same.
ऐसा प्रतीत हो रहा है की एक बार फिर ए ऍम यू किशनगंज का मामला केंद्र सर्कार की अनदेखी से ठन्डे बसते में चला गया है! ज्ञातव हो की मई के आखरी हफ्ते में ही राष्ट्रपति के दफ्तर से ए ऍम यू किशनगंज की फाईल श्रीमती प्रतिभा देवी सिंह पाटिल से स्वीकृति मिलने के बाद मानव संसाधन मंत्रालय पहुँच गया है! उसके बाद ए ऍम यू किशनगंज की फाईल को वित्त मंत्रालय भेजा जाना था ताकि पचास करोड़ की राशी को परस्तावित कैम्पस के लिए जारी किया जाता! केंद्र सरकार के द्वारा निर्गत की गयी राशी से ए ऍम यू किशनगंज निर्माण कार्य बिहार सरकार द्वारा दी गयी २२४.०२ एकड़ भूमि पर शुरू किया जायेगा!
लेकिन राष्ट्रपति से स्वीकृति मिले हुए अब करीब एक महिना गुजर जाने के बाद भी प्राप्त जानकारी के मुताबिक कोई राशी स्वीकृत नहीं किया गया है! केंद्र सरकार और विपक्ष की पार्टियाँ राष्ट्रपति चुनाव को लेकर काफी व्यस्त हैं और जिसके वजह से ए ऍम यू किशनगंज का काम ठन्डे बसते में चला गया है! अब तोह यह कयास लगाये जा रहे हैं की शायद इस वर्ष से किशनगंज में अलीगढ मुस्लिम विश्वविद्यालय का सत्र प्रारंभ हो पाए! केंद्र सरकार के द्वारा की जा रही देरी का हाल ही में बिहार के मुख्यमंत्री नितीश कुमार ने किशनगंज में सेवा यात्रा के दौरान जम के आलोचना की! इस राजनितिक दाव पेंच में किशनगंज, सीमांचल और बिहार की जनता काफी मायूस नज़र आ रही है और उनकी कामना है की कांग्रेस द्वारा संचालित यू पि ए सरकार जल्द से जल्द ५० करोड़ की रकम सेंटर को खुलवाने के लिए अनुमोदित करे!
New Delhi: AMU Coordination Committee (AMUCC), a non-political group of Delhi based residents from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal is going to do a democratic protest for pressurizing the Congress led UPA Government at Jantar Mantar on March 19, 2012. The group comprises of working professionals based in various cities of India and abroad including the students currently enrolled in universities like AMU, Jamia Millia Islamia, JawaharlalNehruUniversity, Jamia Hamdard and DelhiUniversity. AMUCC has worked as a facilitator between the Bihar Govt and AMU administration for the proposed centre.
On 30th December, 2011 the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between the Bihar Government and AMU administration at Kishanganj. Just after coming back from Kishanganj, the former Vice Chancellor of AMU Prof P K Abdul Azis has sent a letter to MHRD on 4th January, 2012 asking for immediate approval and release of Rs. 50 crore for AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj. Since then, the concerned officials in Ministry of Human Resource Development office have not given attention to the file of AMU Special Centre Kishanganj. It is clear the Congress led UPA government is not showing interest in implementing the recommendations of Sachchar Committee especially the proposed centre of Aligarh Muslim University at Kishanganj in Bihar.
The democratic protest is expected to be attended by around 10,000 people including several noted politicians from opposition parties, social activists and celebrities have shown their willingness to join the protest organized for the noble cause. After the protest, the representatives of AMUCC will submit memorandums to Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Finance with following demands:
i)To take immediate action on the pending file of AMU Kishanganj and forward it to President’s Office for getting final approval, so that AMU administration can start session at temporary shelter from this year
ii)To release the Rs. 50 crore fund for AMU Kishanganj in the Union budget of 2012-13 for immediate fencing of the land
The Patna Edition of Roznama Sahara has published the report of AMUCC (Aligarh Muslim University Coordination Committee) membership drive and awareness campaign organised at Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi on February 27, 2012. The detailed report describes the effort of AMUCC and visit to the campus of campus, where the programme was hosted by Murteza Iqubal, Wasim Akhtar and Jahangir Alam, all are students of Jamia Hamdard.
New Delhi: The Delhi based AMUCC (Aligarh Muslim University Coordination Committee) working as a facilitator to smoothen way for the proposed AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj organized an awareness programme at Jamia Hamdard on Saturday (Feb 25, 2012). The programme was intended to make the students and teaching staffs aware of the latest development and hurdles before the establishment of special centre in Kishanganj. Led by the convenor Mohammad Aslam, the awareness campaign was joined by PROs and core team members of AMU Coordination Committee.
In the three hours long interaction session the members of AMUCC shared the steps taken by the group in the past and its future course of action. During the session, members shared that since its establishment on June 25, 2010, the coordination committee had organized various meetings, conferences, seminars and a number of awareness programme. The AMUCC had also met the key political leaders from Bihar and other parts of country including Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Minister of States HRD E. Ahamed, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and HRD Minister of Bihar P K Shahi among many others.
After presenting the past activities in brief, the AMUCC PRO Mohammad Mudassir Alam highlighted the current status of AMU Kishanganj. He shared that after the agreement signing on December 30, 2011 at Kishanganj between Bihar Government and AMU administration the Central government has not taken any step further. In fact, the former Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis after his visit to Kishanganj sent a letter to Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (UMHRD) on January 4, 2012 for getting the approval from Visitor (President of India).
On the AMUCC’s approach to MHRD it was found that the file of AMU Kishanganj is pending with the ministry and almost unnoticed. The secretary of MHRD mentioned the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is busy in Congress party’s election campaigns hence the AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj approval might take time. The officials in the ministry were not at all looking serious for the AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj. When the AMUCC team met with E. Ahamed (Mos HRD) he too had expressed his limitations and mentioned the further action depends on the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.
Although the special centres at Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Mallapuram (Kerala) are functioning now, but lots of hurdles are faced due to limited budget from Centre and gap in communication with the state governments. The proposed AMU centre in Kishanganj has remained a part of controversy since its announcement in the year 2009. After a long series of blame-game and political controversies the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the state government and AMU administration. Earlier the AMU Kishanganj lovers were frustrated with the delay made by the Bihar Government, but the approach of Centre is discouraging as well.
The awareness campaign at Jamia Hamdard was focused on encouraging the students and teaching staffs of the university to join hands for the AMU Centre Kishanganj. All were worried after knowing the latest status of AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj and the negligent approach of the Congress led UPA government. The awareness campaign remained successful and the attendants shown willingness to join the AMU Coordination Committee. They also ensured their full support to get the approval done from the MHRD and President of India.
It is really a matter of concern that the Central government which is lauding its concern for minorities during the poll campaigns in the 5 states especially in Uttar Pradesh, doesn’t showing its interest for establishing the 5 Special centres of AMU after getting the recommendations of Sachchar committee, Rangnathan Mishra committee and Fatmi committee. Need of the hour is that the UPA government should seriously think about the recommendations of Sachchar Committee unless the condition of Muslims will remain same for next many decades. AMU Kishanganj is a ray of hope for millions of deprived people residing in Bihar and neigbouring states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. If the official hurdles from the Centre are not cleared on time, the Bihar Government has the right to withdraw the offered land from AMU as per the agreement.
The awareness programme at Jamia Hamdard was organised by AMUCC member and Pharmacy students Murteza Iqubal, Wasim Akhtar and Jahangir Alam. AMUCC team and convenor Mohammad Aslam expressed satisfaction over the arrangement made by the Hamdard team and also praised their hospitality. The next general body meeting of AMUCC is scheduled in Jamia Millia Islamia that dates are yet to be decided.
Just after signing the agreement with DM Kishanganj on December 30, 2011, the former Vice Chancellor of AMU, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis had sent a letter to MHRD on January 04, 2012 asking to provide the approval. In the letter Prof. Azis had urged the MHRD to provide a token grant for the establishment of AMU Kishanganj Centre. The former VC had requested a grant of Rs. 50 Crores from the savings of the XI Plan, so that the University can start the process of establishing the centre with a plan to commence classes in the 2012-13 sessions itself.
Below are scanned copies of the AMU VC letter sent to MHRD.
All seems well now for the proposed Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus in Kishanganj, Bihar. Thanks to Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government and district administrator of Kishanganj for taking necessary action to save the offered 224.02 acres land from illegal encroachment and trespassing. Smelling the possibilities of encroachment by tribals and anti-social elements the District Administration has planted a Warning Board on the upcoming campus of Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj.
Warning Board on offered AMU land in Kishanganj
It should be noted just after the approval of Bihar Cabinet Ministers to approve 224.02 acres contiguous land free of cost to AMU and positive signal from AMU VC, the tribals had tried to encroach the land. However, the District Administration and local villagers of Chakla took prompt action against the encroachers and they could not do any unlawful act. Soon after that the visit of AMU Inspecting Team headed by Deputy Registrar on December 18-19, 2011 to the proposed site was very successful, and they were warmly welcomed by District Administration, local politicians and common people.
AMU Inspection Team at Kishanganj on Dec 19
Hence, with the timely anticipation of Bihar Government we can now surely expect a smooth road ahead for AMU Centre in Kishanganj. As per authentic sources the Government has released 3.70 crores for fencing of the 224.02 acres site to avoid any type of encroachment or misuse of the land offered to Aligarh Muslim University. On behalf of people of Kishanganj, Seemanchal and whole Bihar, I would like to thank Bihar Government for providing proper attention to AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj. Now its sure the AMU Centre Kishanganj will get a shape soon on the offered land.
Kishanganj, Dec 19 (PTI) A team of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) officials inspected the 224.2 acre plot acquired for its proposed study centre in Bihar's Kishanganj district and expressed satisfaction over it. Arifuddin Ahmed, AMU deputy registrar heading the central university team told reporters that the report would be submitted to the university vice-chancellor soon to enable him to take the decision on the study centre. Besides Ahmed, the AMU team comprised legal officer Md Mujahid and observers Md Wasiuddin and Faiyaz Nizam. District magistrate Sandeep Kumar Pudkalkutti said the state government has met its obligation towards setting up the AMU study centre at Kishanganj by making available the required land in one piece. The AMU proposed study centre at Kishanganj had run into rough weather with the Centre and the state government blaming each for the delay on one pretext or the other over the past two years.
The visit of AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) Surveying team to inspect the offered 224.02 acres land at Kishanganj on November 18 - 19, 2011 has led to uncertainty among the AMU dreamers and die-hard followers of the noble cause. As per inputs from Kishanganj, common people have figured out that the agreement between Bihar Government and AMU Vice Chancellor depends on the report submitted by the Surveying team. And many are disheartened as well, as per them if the Surveying team submits a disapproval report, then again Vice Chancellor will not visit Kishanganj by the end of this month to accept the 224.02 land.
However, in truth the Surveyors from AMU has visited Kishanganj just to fulfill their routine job and they don’t need to submit any pro or against the offered land report. In fact, they are there to physically see the land, which as per AMU Centre policy is a just a formality. This has been confirmed by the AMU Vice Chancellor Prof P.K.Abdul Azis to AMU Coordination Committee (AMUCC). Prof Azis told the surveyors team is there to complete the formality and it is not going to affect the agreement. I am ready to accept the land offered by Bihar Government and looking ahead for signing the agreement by the end of this month of January 1, 2012, said the AMU VC to AMUCC.
Hence, all who are worried with the visit of AMU Surveying team to Kishanganj, need not to worry at all. Your dream is going to become a reality by End of December 2011 and you are getting the New Year Gift in the form of AMU Centre Agreement.
Prof V.K. Abdul Jaleel, the Registrar of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh has written a letter to Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of HRD, Government of Bihar mentioning the tentative dates about visit of AMU Vice Chancellor to Kishanganj to sign the agreement with DM Kishanganj. As per the letter of AMU Registrar, the Vice Chancellor has suggested to chose any date between 29th December 2011 and January 1st 2012. Hence, we can witness historic moment almost with the onset of New Year 2012.
The letter of Prof Jaleel says, "We are very grateful for your kind efforts in facilitating the acquisition of required Land for AMU Centre at Kishanganj. The Hon'ble Vice Chancellor Prof P.K. Abdul Azis has duly acknowledged this historic decision of Govt. of Bihar. While a AMU team of surveyors is about to visit Kishanganj shortly, we would appreciate if the date of Land Transfer is fixed any day between 29th Dec 2011 and 1st January 2012. As the Vice Chancellor has other commitments out of these dates, I request you to please fix a date during this period. This eveny may be organized as a Public Meeting of local people, administrators and politicians to mark this historical event."
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Bihar is renowned for its hospitality and grand celebrations during special occasions. The agreement for the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj going to happen between Bihar Government and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor by the end of December, probably on 31st. However, this is Big Question for the all concerned especially the residents of Kishanganj, Seemanchal, rest of Bihar and neighbouring West Bengal, How to Celebrate the “Agreement Day”? The Day when the agreement between Bihar Government and AMUVC will be signed can be termed as a ‘Red Letter Day’ for Bihar.
The Delhi based AMU Coordination Committee (AMUCC) met the AMU Vice Chancellor this past week and came across his views regarding the agreement and celebrations happened in two centres at Mallapuram in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal. Based on the inputs of AMU VC, we came to know that the State Governments of Kerala and West Bengal had organized a grand “Public Function”, which was attended by thousands. Although the Vice Chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis had not wished anything special from Kishanganj, but we came to a conclusion that we the people of Bihar should organize a ‘Grand Fucntion’ at the historic Ruidhasa Maidan of Kishanganj, and request the Bihar Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, HRD Minister, Land and Revenue Minister, Bihar Governor, other political leaders of the state including our local politicians belonging to area of Seemanchal.
Being a buff of AMU Centre Kishanganj, I am requesting all to come with the ideas and convince the District Magistrate Kishanganj, political leaders of Ruling NDA based in Kishanganj and activists to come forward to organize a ‘Event’ at a grand level and make it a History.
Below are some photos of celebrations happened in Murshidabad and Mallapuram.
It’s Official! Now the die-hard dreamers of AMU Study Centre Kishanganj can celebrate and prepare themselves to participate in ‘Mega Celebration’ on December 30 / 31st, 2011 in district headquarters of Kishanganj. The Delhi based AMU Coordination Committee (AMUCC) visited Aligarh Muslim University on December 10th to get the official confirmation about the acceptance of 224.02 acres contiguous land offered by the Bihar Government. Following its telephonic confirmation with the AMU VC regarding acceptance of 224.02 acres proposed land a couple of days back, the AMUCC was waiting the written reply addressed to Bihar Government.
The letter of AMUVC addressed to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says “We are most delighted to receive the 224.02 acres of land in the Chakla Village of Kishanganj in accordance with the requirement stipulated by the University. We would like to receive the land before the end of December 2011. I convey our heartfelt gratefulness to your goodself and the entire Govt of Bihar for generously supporting the endeavour of AMU to establish one of its centres in Bihar. With this decision, the Govt of Bihar had displayed its vision to create an educational institution of excellence in one of the most backward regions of Bihar. The AMU feels greatly honoured for having got this opportunity to serve the people of Bihar and adjoining regions and be a partner in your vision to create a new and vibrant Bihar.”
Honourable Prof P. K. Abdul Azis warm heartedly welcomed the AMUCC team headed by Co-ordinator Mohammad Aslam including PRO Mohammad Mudassir Alam, Soban M Ahmad, Murteza Iqbal and Mohammad Mansoor Alam. Despite the AMU Students’ Union Election (AMUSU) polling day, Prof. Azis had given 2 hours to the Delhi team and discussed so many things including some crucial points about the agreement and the requirements there after. On the whole, the meeting with the Vice Chancellor this time was quite different from the earlier meets b/w AMU VC and AMUCC. Of course, the reason was sign of positivity and virtual end of the 3 year long deadlock regarding the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. All the AMUCC members and Prof Azis were looking highly delighted during the two hours meeting at the prestigious and legendary Vice Chancellor lodge.
It should be noted, the AMUVC had insisted the AMUCC group to work for the cause till it get a complete physical shape with faculties, hostels and everything, which might take 10 years or more after agreement. With tons of thanks and warm-hearted invitation to visit Kishanganj on December 30/31, the AMUCC members said ‘Good Bye’ to generous Prof Azis. Even the staffs of Vice Chancellor team were equally humble to AMUCC team and shown their willingness to provide any type of assistance especially in the form of official documents. Prof Azis is highly enthusiastic about visiting Kishanganj to sign the agreement with Bihar Government’s representative DM Kishanganj. However, Prof. Azis has shown willingness to see the Bihar CM, HRD Ministers, other key members of Bihar Government, our local leaders including MP and MLAs, educationists, activists, groups like AMUCC & KEM, and common people.
The agreement b/w AMUVC and Bihar Government is being planned to celebrate at a massive level, so that people can memorize for a long time, and contribute further in their own ways for the cause of AMU Centre Kishanganj till it gets final shape. Being a member of AMUCC and a native of Kishanganj, Seemanchal and Bihar, I would request all to be present in Kishanganj on December 30 / 31st to become the witness of “Rising Sun” in the form of official agreement signing event.
This article is written with a light heart, but it makes some sense and compels to Think.
It seems little unusual but true “AMU VC’s decision to accept 224.02 acres land” has surely become a reason of Headache for a section that I call Panauti or Looser. Why I refer them as Panauti or Looser? Simple, with their tall claims and misdeeds they created so many hurdles on the path of proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. Now the things are going on right direction for AMU Centre Kishanganj, nothing left for these Panautis or Loosers apart from looking for other non-sense agendas to get the attention of innocent people.
A collections of Newspapers Headings on AMU Kishanganj
The proposed AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj is going to be a reality in just few weeks. As per inputs from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor the agreement date can be scheduled between December 30th and January 1, 2012. Hopefully the year 2012 will see a new dawn and the area of Surjapur can be termed as “Suryapur” or “Surya Pradesh”. In the words of Sahim Ahmad, (A Senior Scientific Officer at BARC, Mumbai belonging to the district of Kishanganj, the Darkness is giving way to Light........ The Dawn has arrived as seen in the Indian Eastern Horizon, '' The Sun is Rising from its Own Country, The Surya-puri Area ''. ! ! !
Of course, I too like many endorse the optimistic view of Sahim Ahmad. The study centre of Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj will open the gates of opportunities for all, it is going to be a biggest economic boom for the area of Seemanchal and Bihar including neighbouring West Bengal. AMU study centre will have a mega campus sprawling over an area of about 225 acres dotted by many buildings for hostels, offices, class rooms and residence of teaching and non-teaching staffs. The project of AMU study centre in Kishanganj will be handled by constructors belonging to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The retailers, wholesellers, farmers and traders all are going to be benefitted from the establishment of AMU Campus in Kishanganj. Above all, the literacy rate in state of Bihar and its neighbouring states will scale-up with every passing year. And all these is going to generate more-and-more employment opportunities for all. The Hindi Proverb “Aam ke Aam, Guthliyon ke Daam” fits well with the multi-faceted AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj.
Today, everything seems well especially after the willingness of AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis to accept the 224.02 acres contiguous land at Chakla in Kishanganj. Although the Bihar Government offered 26 acres less than the requirements of AMU, but the Vice Chancellor accepted the proposed land keeping in mind the need of a Special Centre in the state of Bihar especially Seemanchal. However, the road to AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj was full of hurdles, and it took about 3 years to get the final shape.
All thanks to Bihar Govt and AMU VC for bringing the proposal to a final shape, and giving such a nice New Year gift to the region of Surjapur and state of Bihar. We can now say, both the Bihar Government and AMU administration is in Win-Win situation, and the final stamp on the agreement will be put in last week of December.
Now coming back to the topic of article “Who is the Biggest Panauti or Looser”? Being a follower of the AMU Kishanganj issue and also an activist in someway, I feel that the positive signs of agreement have must become a headache for a section that was against the proposal. Next, there was a section, which was doing nothing logical to make the dream of AMU in Kishanganj a reality. Fact is that, besides tall claims they were doing nothing and putting hurdles before the proposal with their acts. Proposal of AMU Centre in Kishanganj also became a good source of “Political Aspiration” for many, and in Hindi we can say “Unhone Rajnitik Roti Seki”.
The year 2012 is special for us, but the Panautis of Kishanganj and neighbouring areas have lost the hijacked issue of AMU Kishanganj. I can predict what is going to be their next agenda run the cheap politics or the issue just for attention seeking. We can’t deny the fact, next they can possibly disturb the construction of AMU Campus in Kishanganj. Whatever these looser will do, we don’t care but the AMU and development lovers can keep a Vigil eye on their misdeeds. Our attentive approach will always save the region of Seemanchal from such dishonest people and Panautis.
Before signing off, I invite the Panautis to be part of the mega celebration and enjoy the historic moment with all. Many of us can find several Panautis and Loosers in the society, will appreciate if you can unmask them.
Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of Bihar had sent the offer letter to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor through FAX on December 3, 2011. The letter with the subjectline regarding the establishment of AMU Centre in Kishanganj district describes about the offer of 224.02 acres contiguous land free of cost. The letter also says that the land is transferred forever to AMU to open the campus in the Kishanganj district of Bihar. In the offer letter Principal Secretary had authorized the DM Kishanganj to transfer the land and requested the VC to co-ordinate with DM Kishanganj on immediate basis.
Anjani Kumar Singh addressing the media
Below are the scanned copies of the letter of Bihar Government’s Secretary.
I am overwhelmed to see the response of group members (AMU Centre Bihar Movement Group on Facebook) for the last few days. The news spread like a wildfire when it was declared that AMU received proposal of 224.02 acres contiguous land from Bihar Govt. Their comments and posts reflect the positive stance and their indefatigable struggle for the AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj.
Last few months were very intense, there were many wakeful nights however there were few happy moments too. The movement has witnessed many ups and downs. I have been following the aforesaid movement religiously for last one year. We have had many committed AMU activisits, who fought best with their capacity. The high point is that we have those brave hearts at every level, be it ground zero Kishanganj, Capital of Bihar – Patna and the national capital, New Delhi, across many metropolitan cities and many devoted well wishers from overseas. However, we have witnessed much negativity during this struggle which is bound to happen in every movement. Nonetheless, their negative remarks, sometime sarcastic ones gave us extra energy to fight for this noble cause. Moreover, we tried to build up the optimistic atmosphere among the group members which overshadowed such negativity, which certainly was indispensable to sustain such movements.
AMU Co-ordination Committee's online movement on Facebook
To portray the over all chronology is beyond the scope of this article, but I vividly remember that chain of proceedings started in full swing after 30th September 2011 National Conference for the establishement of AMU Centre Kishanganj held at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road in New Delhi. The agenda was (i) To make the issue National one (ii) Getting the National media coverage (iii) Participation in mass movement in Kishanganj from 12th October (iv) Actions to be taken to solve the issue. The conference was successfully organized by AMU Centre Co-ordination committee (AMUCC) members headed by Mohammed Aslam. Many distinguished speakers from diverse social circles showed their apprehension for the establishment of AMU study centre in Kishanganj. Various local and National leaders joined this movement. This conference was first of it kinds for AMU-K. For the first time it got broad media coverage, hit the National dailies. This conference was followed by a Mahadharna (grand agitation) on 12th October 2011 at Kishanganj under the banner of Kishanganj Education Movement (KEM) headed by local MP, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi. The aforementioned agitation forced Nitish Kumar led Bihar Govt. to mull over seriously for it. The rest is history.
Women Participated in Symbolic Dharna on October 10, 2011
Recently there was a cheerful wave amongst education lovers, socialites, politicians, professionals, students and Surjapuri people when the news broke out that AMU received proposal of 224.02 acres contiguous land from Bihar Govt. on December 3rd 2011. Speculation was high after Bihar Assembly had given the approval to the new site on November 22, 2011. The main concern was what will be the next step of Bihar Govt.? Will they delay or send it to the AMU VC on priority basis? Bihar Govt. put rest all these speculations and sent the proposal to AMU VC on priority basis for much surprise of some of the pessimists of this movement. I would like to thank Nitish Kumar led Bihar govt. for taking prompt action on this issue. Now the ball is in the court of AMU authorities to finish it off. We are aware that it is not up to the expectations of AMU VC; however, providing a contiguous piece of 224.02 acres land is not an easy task considering the geography and topology of the area.
Mass Gathering at Ruidhasa Maidan, on October 12, 2011
Hats off to Bihar Govt. for the nicest and sincerest effort till date for Kishanganj in general and Seemanchal as a whole. The next big question is, whether AMU VC will accept the proposal in its present form? As a common man, I think it is a win-win situation for both the sides. As per the report by AMUCC members that AMU VC has showed positive attitude and willingness to accept the proposal. We are very close to our dream called AMU Centre Kishanganj. I am damn sure this will shift the development paradigm in favor of most neglected area called Seemanchal. The most common perception is that lack of education is the mother of all evils. After post liberalization era, there is a faced pace growth in every sector including education. Bihar was lagging behind owing to lack of proper educational institutions, research institutions and industrial setups.
Bihar is in the category of “BIMARU” states need urgent educational revamps. Bihar loose fair part of its exchequer as the students goes to pursue higher education to other states. AMU Centre Kishanganj along with other proposed universities viz. Bihar Central University (BCU) and Nalanda International University (NIU) apart from bringing education to the common masses will create lots of employment and will provide much needed fodder to the incoming industries in Bihar. The high quality education will be accessible to common masses especially poor irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. I think this will bridge the gap between rich and poor. Bihar CM, Mr. Nitish Kumar and HRD minister Mr. PK Sahi deserves plaudits for giving their nod to such universities especially AMU off campus Kishanganj. I do hope in future too Bihar Govt. will provide all the basic amenities and facilities for establishing and smooth running of these varsities. I think this is the best ever gift to Seemanchal by Bihar Govt. just before the New Year 2012.
The author hails from Thakurganj (Kishanganj) and currently working as a Senior Research Fellow at National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India.
Hurrayyyyy, celebration time for all, the speculations end here! I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this great news with all, although we were not told to give any statement in public. Sorry, Prof Abdul Azis sahab, the matter of AMU Kishanganj is an emotional issue for the people of Bihar and so I couldn’t resist myself from sharing this with all. Pardon me and AMUCC members.
AMU VC, Bihar CM, Deputy CM, P K Shahi and Anjani Kumar
Finally the AMU centre in Kishanganj, Bihar is going to get shape. Tons of thanks to Honourable Vice Chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis and his team for giving assurance to accept the latest proposal of 224.02 acres contiguous land offered near Chakla Village in the outskirts of Kishanganj district headquarters. A delighted Prof Azis had called Aligarh Muslim University Centre Coordination Committee (AMUCC) team today evening after the long meeting with the Special team looking after the Study centres proposal key among them is Prof Ikram Sahab. Although the Bihar Government’s FAX was not carrying the map of the proposed land, but the Vice Chancellor looked quite convinced and said that he will visit Kishanganj by the end of this month to accept the proposal.
It should be noted, Bihar Government had sent the proposal yesterday through FAX to AMU Vice Chancellor after the Cabinet ministers had given the approval to the new site on November 22, 2011.Just after receiving the copy of proposal the Vice Chancellor had called AMUCC co-ordinator Mohammad Aslam and informed about organizing the meeting to discuss the proposal. The whole day, the core team of AMUCC was following the Vice Chancellor’s meeting and also tried him to convince for accepting the proposal. At around 5.30 pm, the number of AMU VC’s displayed in the mobile of AMUCC co-ordinator and team including the author and PROs of team talked for about 10 minutes.
The Vice Chancellor had first greeted the AMUCC with his words “Congratulations to you all, we are ready to accept the proposal”. Now, he would coordinate with Kishanganj DM to organize a public function to give the final shape to the land agreement issue for the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. The Vice Chancellor showed little reservations about the map as they are not able to figure out the actual location of the map. However, when the team ensured that the offered land is suitable for AMU Special Centre he had his given nod for visiting Kishanganj to accept the land.
Meanwhile, the Bihar HRD Minister P K Shahi talked with the team at around 6 pm, and he equally was highly delighted over the VC’s stand. In fact, Shree Shahi Ji had mentioned that he would be in Kishanganj on the very day when the deal would be finalized. Now, everything seems falling at right place, hence we can expect for a better future for the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj.
Disclaimer: The report is based on telephonic talks with AMU Vice Chancellor and Bihar HRD Minister P K Shahi. Many points can be added later on in the AMU VC’s Press Release which is supposed to going public tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Hence, KishanganjBihar.com apoligizes in advance in any change happens in the final Press Release of VC’s Press Release. Till now, we can say the AMU VC is ready to accept the propsal..
Patna, November 22: Under mounting pressure from AMU Centre Kishanganj activists and opposition parties, the Nitish led Bihar Government on Tuesday sanctioned allotment of 224.02 acres contiguous piece of land for the proposed Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Centre in Kishanganj. The decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna. Bihar HRD Minister in his recent statement had already declared a couple of days back about the presentation of new proposal in the state cabinet meeting scheduled on November 22, 2011.
A Delighted Nitish speaks to party leaders
Press Release of Bihar State Cabinet says, “Patna, November 22, 2011 – In an important decision taken in state cabinet meeting the earlier released Letter No – 242 (6), dated 05.03.2011 by Land and Revenue Department is being cancelled, and 116.53 acres land is provided at Chakla Mauja, P.S No – 28, Khata No: 384 and 107.49 acres land at Govindpur Mauja, P.S No – 61, Khata No: 40 or total 224.02 acres (Two hundred twenty four acres and two decimal) land is offered to Aligarh Muslim University to open a campus in the state of Bihar is transferred free of cost to Human Resource Department for further handing over to AMU authorities permanently at a token grant of Rs. 1. The land transfer would be valid only for use of AMU Study Centre and its curriculum.”
Press Release of Bihar State Assembly
Talking with media Chief Secretary Navin Kumar told that the government sanctioned allotment of land for the opening of AMU study centre in Kishanganj district of Bihar. A single plot of 224.02 acres of land was acquired by the district administration near Kishanganj district headquarters at Chakla and Govindpur villages, said Kumar while talking with reporters. The Land and Revenue department would soon formally transfer the plot to the state Human Resource Department (HRD) which in turn, will hand over the land to AMU administration for starting construction work, mentioned the Chief Secretary.
Meeting of State Cabinet in Patna on November 22
Earlier, the AMU authorities had refused to set up the university's mega study centre in Kishanganj on the ground that the plot acquired for the purpose by the state was in three separate parts with illegal encroachment done by tribals in between. The AMU VC along with his team visited Kishanganj twice on May 22, 2010 and July 11, 2011 to select the suitable land for the proposed university campus in Kishanganj. However, the Bihar Government failed to provide the land as per the university norms.
Due to unprecedented delay made by Bihar Government, the Delhi based AMU Centre Coordination Committee had organized a ‘National Conference on AMU Centre’ at India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi on September 30, 2011, which was attended by civil society, journalists, activists, politicians and common people belonging to Bihar and other parts of the country. Most of the speakers slammed Bihar Government for playing politics in the name of AMU Centre under the influence of its coalition parties.
Further, common people of Seemanchal area had staged a mega dharna on October 12, 2011 in Kishanganj district headquarters that was headed by opposition parties’ leaders belonging to Congress, LJP, RJD and NCP. The protestors had blocked road and railway track at Kishanganj accusing the state government of having failed to make available a 250 acres contiguous plot to AMU for starting construction of the study centre. During the dharna night the Purnia Division Commissioner Brajesh Mishra came forward for talk with the representatives on behalf of Bihar Government and ensured to resolve the issue within 45 days.
The decision of Bihar Government to allot 224.02 acres for AMU Study Centre is welcomed by all including AMU activists. Of course, Nitish Kumar and his government deserve plaudits for its prompt action to acquire the land in the outskirts of Kishanganj town. However, some mistakes are again repeated by the Bihar Government in the new proposal of 224.02 acres. The offered land is about 26 acres less than the actual demand of 250 – 300 acres contiguous land. Next, the new land is far from the main road (Bahadurganj – Kishanganj road) and the new proposal doesn’t have any mention about 30 metre wide road connectivity to the main road.
The proposal will shortly reach to AMU VC for his final approval. Based on AMU VC’s repeated statements on the required land and its minute details it seems as of now that he would surely deny the proposal. Now it’s the duty of AMU activists and Bihar Government to agree the AMU VC to accept the land by ignoring the 26 acres shortage issue and 30 metre wide road. There is lots of land of Bihar Government in the area, hence a round table meeting between both the parties can easily sort out the issue without any further delay.
November 20, 2011: Delhi based AMU Centre Coordination Committee (AMUCC) organised a meeting to discuss the way ahead for the proposed AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj. After a long discussion and feedback of attendants the committee has finalised below mentioned points and sought help, participation, suggestion and feedback from all concerned to take a final decision ahead.
AMUCC working for the cause of AMU Kishanganj
Option 1 : If the proposed one piece land would be passed by Bihar Government and sent to AMU VC, AMU CC & KEM (depends on KEM plan) will meet AMU VC to accept the offered land. The offer may have some limitations; however AMU CC will try to convince AMU VC. There may be few acres within the proposal which may requires time for acquisition, but AMU VC should start work based on agreement and time line.
If AMU VC is extremely rigid then in worst case AMU CC & KEM (depends on KEM plan) may sit for hunger strike in front of AMU VC lodge till he accepts the offer.
Deadline 22nd November for Bihar Govt to pass the bill.
Option 2: If Bihar Government won’t pass the bill.
Pressurize all MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Jila Parshads, Mukhiyas, Members, all political party leaders to take a hard step from 23rd November. Like on 10th November MP Asrar Sb committed to start hunger strike, Mahadharna followed by Jail Bharo Aandolan from 29th November. All members of AMU CC & KEM (depends on KEM plan) will call/force/meet/pressurize all stake holders and leaders.
AMU CC & KEM (depends on KEM plan) would like to involve all political parties for this cause. The pressure will be created till they start a hard step.
Deadline 29th November.
Option 3: If option-1 and option-2 fails then
The youth and common man would come forward to take a hard step. On 4th of December a General Body meeting will be called to decide the next action plan in Delhi (AMU CC) & KEM (depends on KEM plan) at Kishanganj. The memorandum will be given to DM, Commissioner, CM, HRD Ministry Bihar & India and other stake holders for agitation from 18th December (tentative - depend on decision taken on GBM).
Tentative plan for 18 December as per AMUCC
On 18th December : Agitation in Kishanganj, Patna, Delhi against all stake holders i.e Central Govt, AMU Admin & Bihar Government.
AMUCC would actively try to include all common man, youth, and political parties. We will not blame who is responsible, however we will only demand for AMU. It’s their responsibility to solve the issue but we will not bear the delay.
Note:A copy of this MOM sent to all stake holders.
For more details about the plan of AMUCC for AMU Kishanganj contact following members: Mohammad Aslam, Kaifee Anwer, Mahfooz Alam, Mohammad Mudassir Alam, Matin Iqbal, Murteza Iqbal, Abrar Rahi, Khalid Mubashshir, Mohammad Mansoor Alam, and others from Core team.
Allahabad High Court has given its nod to open AMU special centres across India outside Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, says the letter of AMU Registrar to Mohammad Aslam, Co-ordinator of Delhi based Aligarh Muslim University Centre Coordination Committee (AMUCC). Mohammad Aslam dropped an E-mail to AMU VC with reference to report published in Patna Edition of Times of India on November 4, 2011 that said Bihar HRD Minister, P K Shahi raised question over the approval of Allahabad High Court regarding the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj after his meeting with Union HRD Minister on November 3, 2011.
AMUCC Co-ordinator in meeting with Sibal on Nov 8
A couple of days later on November 8, 2011, a team of AMUCC and Kishanganj MLA Dr. Mohammad Jawaid and Congress Bihar Chief Mahboob Ali Kaisar met Kapil Sibal in New Delhi. Sibal had denied the allegations of Shahi and clarified the stand of Central Government for the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. The Bihar HRD minister went through the Sibal statement published in news portals and shared his reaction with Times of India on November 12, 2011. The Times of India report quoted Sibal as a liar in its headline as referred by Shahi.
In response to the E-mail of Mohammad Aslam and ongoing Sibal – Shahi spat, the Registrar of Aligarh Muslim University Prof V K Abdul Jaleel in his letter clarified the Allahabad High Court issue. The letter of AMU Registrar says the Allahabad High Court had dismissed the PIL filed by Z K Faizan against the proposals of AMU special centres outside Aligarh on 7/10/2010 in a preliminary ground of locus standi of the petitioner.
The court says “The Petitioner neither the member of the Academic Council nor a member of the Senate of the University nor of the University Court. The Petitioner has also not pointed out how his fundamental rights affected, Apart from that the Visitor of the University has granted approval to the same. In these circumstances, we are of the considered opinion that the Petitioner cannot maintain this PIL. Hence it is dismissed”.
Aggrieved of the above decision, the Petitioner filed a SLP No 32148 of 2010 which is registered as Civil Appeal No 1862 of 2011 before the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court vide its order date 14.02.2011 allowed the appeal and set aside the order of Allahabad High Court and restored the PIL. In response, the Allahabad High Court has listed the issue on 10.08.2011 and heard the matter on 27.09.2011 and admitted the PIL.
The Allahabad High Court passed the order “Admit. Issue notice to the respondents through registered post with AD returnable within six weeks. Requisites to be filed within one week. The prayer for interim relief shall be considered after filing of counter affidavit on behalf of the respondents.”
As per the letter of AMU Registrar the University has not received any notice from the court as per order date 27.09.2011, so it is clear the Petition is rejected by the court. The letter of P K Abdul Jaleel is an eye-opener for Bihar Government especially Bihar HRD Minister P K Shahi, who has made the Allahabad High Court decision a crucial point behind the delay in the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. However, the letter of Registrar mentions no such case is pending in the Allahabad High Court neither the university has received any such notice regarding break in the proposed AMU centres. Now, this is the duty of Bihar Government to resolve the issue of AMU Centre in Kishanganj on immediate basis. Playing blame game is not going to help Bihar and its 40 crore people. The proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj is a ray of hope for the deprived people of Bihar and it can be made true only with the active participation of Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government.
Find the scanned copies of letter sent to Mohammad Aslam by Registrar below:
Purnia, November 14, 2011: A team of Kishanganj Education Movement for AMU Special Centre led by MP Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi met the Purnia Division Commissioner Brajesh Mishra to know the status of the new proposals. The Congress MP was accompanied by Kochadhaman MLA Akhtarul Iman, Bahadurganj MLA Tousif Alam, and other members of Kishanganj Education Movement. However, the talk with Commissioner brought nothing encouraging for the dreamers of AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj.
KEM for Special Centre in meeting with Purnia Commissioner
As per the representatives of Kishanganj Education Movement for AMU the Commissioner had sought a week’s time to give final shape to new proposals. Mishra has told three proposals would be sent to Bihar Government by this Friday that is supposed to be presented in State Cabinet for approval around November 29, 2011. A member of KEM for AMU requested the Commissioner to share the proposals with the team. The latter had ensured to share the proposals with Kishanganj Education Movement. The team of Kishanganj Education Movement had also submitted a memorandum with a threat for ‘Hunger Strike’ if the land transfer issue is resolved within stipulated time of 15 days. However, any deadline for ‘Hunger Strike’ is not given by Kishanganj Education Movement for AMU Special Centre.
View of KishanganjBihar.com on KEM – Purnia Commissioner Talks: More than 30 days have passed since the meeting happened between two parties Kishanganj Education Movement representatives and Purnia Commissioner Brajesh Mishra in midnight of October 12, 2011. After the meeting the KEM leader Maulana Asrarul Haque and MLA Akhtarul Imaan declared the end of Dharna on the assurance of Purnia Commissioner. In the midnight protestors were not ready to end the dharna without any written commitment, however, they had full faith over the sayings of their leader and the ‘Maha Dharna’ came to an end.
As per an active member of KEM the Purnia Commissioner had came forward for talks in the night of October 12, 2011 on his personal wish. The member of KEM was in continuous touch with the Purnia Commissioner and the latter had said over phone about the preparation of new proposals before meeting on November 14, 2011. However, the commissioner could not show any proposal during his meeting with Kishanganj Education Movement members.
What conclusion can be drawn from the meetings of KEM members and Purnia Commissioner? I am not much encouraged with the recent developments, till the Bihar Chief Minister or HRD Minister P K Shahi gives any statement to resolve the issue. Till now, Mr. Shahi is busy in giving statements against the Central Government and Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. We all are eagerly waiting for the day when Nitish Kumar or P K Shahi says something positive to resolve the issue.