Mohammad Aslam Alig, President Human Chain spoke on the topic of the conference and stressed upon the role of the civil society in fulfilling the aspirations of the people. The president of Human Chain shared the efforts of his organisation for the establishment of AMU centre at Kishanganj. He said the hard work of the organisation brought a positive and fruitful result, and AMU Kishanganj Centre is a reality now as the B.Ed session started from this session. Mr. Aslam also shared the achievements and work done by Human Chain since its inception especially the activities in past one year....
Human Chain kept its promise to the residents of Seemanchal to organize the mega educational event every year in different districts of the area, and the sincere efforts of the organization was complemented by public with huge attendance at the venue Town Hall, Kishanganj. For two days of the event on 23rd & 24th, November, the district headquarter of Kishanganj especially the venue turned into an educational hub thronged by students, school teachers, parents and wards, educationists, activists, politicians, and of course the common people at large scale.
The stage of Seemanchal Taleemi Mela
Kishanganj which saw an unprecedented crowd presence for a developmental programme graced by eminent persons from the State and outside. While the first day of the Education fair was meant for various types of competitions for the school and madarsa children. Highlights of the first day of event were educational discourses, expo, career counselling, debate, quiz, comedy, painting, personality development, introduction of various scholarship schemes and other cultural activities.
Girls at the venue
The second day was dedicated to a conference on the topic named as, “a Conference on Social, Educational & Economic status of Seemanchal and role of civil society”. The education fair was graced by many guests belonging to political background, education, social work and other fields. Along with the Chief Guest, P.K. Shahi, Hon’ble Education Minister of Bihar, the programme was attended by Mr. Anand Kumar, Director & Founder of Super 30, Mr. S.M Qutbur Rahman, President AMU Alumni Forum UAE, Mr. Tanweer Alam, President AMUAAM.
Mohammad Aslam Alig, President Human Chain spoke on the topic of the conference and stressed upon the role of the civil society in fulfilling the aspirations of the people. The president of Human Chain shared the efforts of his organisation for the establishment of AMU centre at Kishanganj. He said the hard work of the organisation brought a positive and fruitful result, and AMU Kishanganj Centre is a reality now as the B.Ed session started from this session. We will work for AMU further as well till the Centre properly develops into a full-fledged campus. Mr. Aslam also shared the achievements and work done by Human Chain since its inception especially the activities in past one year. Further, he added that Human Chain has many plans / projects in the pipeline, one of the biggest plan is setting up Free Coaching for Navodaya Vidayala aspirants and high school children.
A proficient speaker, Mr. Aslam totally captivated the attention of the audience and all eyes were fixed on him. His talk was highly appreciated by the audience and guests. With his expertise, Mr. Aslam beautifully presented harsh facts about the region of Seemanchal supported by statistics and his copy-book emotional speech that left all spellbound. Claps of audience were complementing the speech of Mr. Aslam, which echoed inside the venue and also outside. In short, the speech of Mr. Aslam was a wonderful mix of truth and emotion that touched the hearts of the audience.
Minnat Rahmani - Secretary and Khalid Mubashshir - General Secretary of the organisation did the anchoring of the programme. Along with giving a shape to the two days programme, they had played a crucial role in keeping the audience attentive all through the event. Mujahid Akhtar Naaz and Tarique Sufyan two governing body members of Human Chain also did anchoring in between.
Following recitation of the Holy Quran by Tazammul Hoque and release of a book authored by Kabir Uddin Fauzan, Sunday’s programme started with a speech by Gopal Agarwal, social activist, who lauded the initiatives of human Chain and exhorted them to work for increasing the number of educational institutions in Seemanchal area, particularly schools for girls.
Speaking as the chief guest, Bihar HRD Minister PK Shahi, reiterated the importance of education in the life of a citizen. He said, without education no man can be complete and no society civilised. He also did not lag behind in announcing bounties for the region – establishment of five plus-two schools in each Block of the region is going on and one agriculture college for Kishanganj is on the pipeline. Highlight of his speech was his association with Human Chain since 2011 and efforts made by the organisation for getting the hurdles cleared for AMU Kishanganj Centre. Mr. Shahi said, the team headed by Mohammad Aslam met with him at Bihar Bhawan in New Delhi and convinced him for providing required 250 acres land to AMU administration. I was highly impressed with the modus operandi and efforts of Human Chain, and provided the required land from the Bihar government on immediate basis along with fulfilling other necessities.
Anand Kumar, Director Super-30, Patna gave a clarion call, “The time has come for the people of Seemanchal to rise from their slumber, ignite your will power and bring in the desired social change.” He said Super-30, with the help of Human Chain, would conduct special tests in this region during March-April 2014 to select poor and meritorious students for IIT coaching.
Tanweer Alam, President AMU Alumni Association Maharashtra, expressed happiness to see overwhelming presence of girl students at the STM and said women’s emancipation is important for they are the pole stars of the family. Parvez Siddiqui, GS, Sir Syed Minority Foundation, Aligarh solicited support of the community leaders for early restoration of the minority status of AMU, which he said was of utmost importance for the community.
SM Qutubur Rahman, President AMU Alumni Forum UAE announced that he would arrange funds for conducting as many as 50 awareness and coaching programmes in the region in the coming year besides facilitating establishment of a referral hospital for the people of Seemanchal. Syed Mahmood Ashraf, National Executive Member JDU, compared the initiatives of Human Chain to ‘Second freedom struggle’, which he said would free people from darkness and ignorance.
Internationally renowned Islamic Scholar Abdul Khalique, now located in UAE, made the announcement that a network of NRIs are raising over Rs 100 crore for the expansion and glorification of AMU and their services would be available for the educational development of Seemanchal also. Prof Suhail Sabir of AMU expressed the hope that Seemanchal would soon emerge as a role model in the educational development of all backward regions of the country. He announced that Gen Zamir Uddin Shah, VC, AMU could not attend the programme as he had to leave for an important engagement overseas. Prof Sabir read out a message from the VC in which the latter said a new wind of change would be blowing over Seemanchal with the functioning of the AMU Centre here.
Prof Javed Akhtar, in-charge of AMU’s outstation centres, revealed the fact that for the B Ed course of AMU there were 238 applications at Murshidabad centre, 137 at Mallapuram centre and as many as 750+ at the Kishanganj centre which reflected the enthusiasm of the people here to be the beacon light in the field of education.
Prof Rashid Nihal, OSD AMU Kishanganj Centre, announced that the classes of AMU were commencing at Kishanganj on November 26. He placed on record his appreciation for the support extended by the local people, District administration, and State Government as a result of which the AMU Centre could start functioning from here. Dr Izhar Ahmed, Chairman, Estimate Committee Bihar, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi, MP of Kishanganj was present with Akhtarul Iman, MLA of Kochadhaman.
Human Chain team comprised of Treasurer Mujahid Akhtar Naaz who was also Chief Organiser of the Seemanchal Taleemi Mela (STM), Secretary Minnat Rahmani, who was also the convenor of the programme, Tarique Sufyan, Khalid Mubashshir, Salman Akhtar, Manazir Ahsan, Mizanur Rahman among many others given their best to make the event successful. Mohammad Aslam, President of Human Chain had thanked his team, volunteers and guests for making Seemanchal Taleemi Mela a historic and memorable event.
Chaos created in many districts of Bihar on Thursday as people were in panic over buying the salt (namak). As per reports people had thronged in large numbers to shops for buying salt, which was sold between Rs. 100 and Rs. 150 by many shopkeepers. Actually the rumor spread about shortage of salt in the market due to reduced supply of the commodity from Gujarat that left the consumers in panic and prompted them to buy it for Rs 100 per kg at some places.
Further, the rumour was spread by some anti-social elements and stockiest that salt would not be available in market after some time and rates would go up to Rs. 300 per kilo in few days. Without verifying the news spread through rumor, people in districts of Purnia division, and many other districts like Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Samastipur and Madhubani bought packets and packets of salt as much as possible according to their budget.
By the evening the situation in many districts become worst, and district administration appealed to people for not giving ear to the rumor. However, hardly the people cared about the appeal of administration and bought salt for storing purpose till the late night. Even in district headquarters of Kishanganj people had bought salt in huge volume and felt themselves lucky to ensure the salt for preparing their food. However, sensing the grieving situation the state food and consumer affairs minister Shyam Rajak blamed the opposition BJP for spreading the rumor. Rajak lashed out at BJP for spreading the rumour to destabilize the JD(U) government in Bihar.
Few persons were arrested by people for spreading the rumor about shortage of salt. The arrested persons have been booked under provisions of Essential Commodities Act and were being interrogated by local police officers. In the mean time, the food and consumers department officers made public announcements about abundant availability of salt in the market at prescribed rates.
This is very surprising and sad as well that in today’s techno-friendly world especially in India when information can be easily gathered from various sources, the rumor got immediate action from people. Instead of verifying the truth, people ran to their nearest grocery shop to buy salt as much as possible. On the same time, shame on stockiest and shop-keepers for selling the common eatable ‘salt’ at the high price of Rs. 100 per kg against the MRP Rs. 10.
Do you know the Salman Khan’s blockbuster movies Dabangg & Dabangg 2 Kishanganj connection? I am sure you are quite puzzled with my question. Ok, I am ending all speculations. Meet Pradeep Choudhary, a resident of Thakurganj whom you have seen in Dabangg and Dabangg 2 as Constable Tiwari. Now you will see him in Raj Kumar Santoshi directed “Phata Poster Nikla Hero” which is scheduled to be released on September 20, 2013. Pradeep is playing a negative comedy role in “Phata Poster Nikla Hero” with Shahid Kapoor, Ileana DeSouza, Saurabh Shukla and Mukesh Tiwari.
Thakurganj's Pradeep Choudhary with Salman Khan
A ticket to Bollywood, i.e India’s biggest and world’s second largest film industry after Hollywood is not much easy. Since its inception till date many dreamed to make an entry into the prestigious film industry of India, but only few lucky ones could get a break. Making an entry in Bollywood becomes many times tougher for small places like Kishanganj, which is situated in north-eastern part of Bihar and far behind in almost all areas of development. However, very few know Pradeep Choudhary from Kishanganj has made an exception and working in Bollywood for past a couple of years in negative and character roles.
Pradeep Chaudhary in many moods
Along with working with Salman in both the parts of Dabangg, Pradeep has worked with Ranbeer Kapoor in Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani. He has also worked with Ajay Devgan in Aakrosh apart from some other films. Pradeep’s next project is “Mohalla 80” with Sunny Deol. After his initial education in Kishanganj, Pradeep has done acting course from BNA, Lucknow. The parents, relatives and friends are very proud with Pradeep’s presence in Bollywood. In this is really a matter of proud for people of Kishanganj and Seemanchal region of Bihar since a simple man from this area is representing them in Bollywood.
On Thursday (June 20, 2013) the civil society came together at All India Muslim Majlis-E-Mushawarat under a platform to discuss the condition of Muslims in a symposium organized by Delhi based non-government society Human Chain. Named as the “The Role of Civil Society in promoting Education”, the symposium was attended by Sirajuddin Qureshi, President India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi as Chief Guest. Other notable speakers were Padmashree Prof Akhtarul Wasey, Director Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Mahbubul Hoque, Founder and Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya and Prof Asif Ramiz Daudi, Jubail Industrial College, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Guests at Symposium
All the guest speakers and participants shared their views and the ways to empower them in all ways. Mohammad Aslam, President Human Chain in his speech presented a detailed statistics about the dismal condition of education among Muslims especially women. An Engineer by profession Aslam said, be it the national literacy percentage or state level literacy, representation in bureaucracy, share in politics, Muslims are far behind in comparison to other communities in India. The facts and stats presented by Aslam were eye-opening and compelled all to think about the issue sincerely. Minnat Rahmani, Secretary Human Chain while expressing his view on the topic insisted that we need people like Qureshi to bring changes in the status of Muslims.
Sirajuddin Qureshi, the Chairman and Managing Director at Hind Industries shared the experiences from his life including the role played in social activities. A B.A L.L.B from University of Delhi, Qureshi said that social activism has always remained important for him. With an aim to add value to Delhi’s rich culture and tradition I had gone ahead with the idea of establishing India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) in 1980s. Although establishment of IICC was not an easy job but thanks to my dedicated approach and well-wishers this became a reality. Today alongwith serving as a good venue for seminars, conferences and other related social, cultural programmes, IICC is standing as a masterpiece of architecture. IICC is running various short-term courses, certificate courses, coaching and guidance programmes all round the year. I am dreaming to open a university in India, hope this would be a reality soon, added Qureshi.
Prof Akhtarul Wasey, a renowned name in the field of education poured in life the symposium by sharing the instances from his life. The Padamshree award winner insisted on the need of taking positive action in the field of education. “If we can use the resources of government like schools, colleges and institutions properly, I am sure the literacy rate and education status would surely improve,” mentioned Wasey. Appreciating the efforts of Human Chain in past one year, Wasey said hardy non-government societies work in a focused area and with specific goal. Human Chain is an exception since it has it specified area of work “Seemanchal”, which badly needs attention from all for all-round development.
Often referred to as “Modern Sir Syed”, Mahbubul Hoque specially visited Delhi from Assam to participate in the symposium. In his keynote address Mahbubul Haque share the story of his journey from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh as a student of MCA in early 2000s to the Chancellor of a University of Science and Technology. Hoque said, if with a personal computer I can open groups of institutions including CBSE affiliated schools, I am sure at least 50 percent of the participants in the symposium can open a school. He had also invited the audience to visit the north-eastern state of Assam where his institutions are flourishing with support of all sections.
The guest of honour Prof Asif Ramiz Daudi accepted the responsibility of “President Human Chain – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chapter. Daudi said he is keenly following the activities of Human Chain for past a couple of months. “I am very much impressed with the modus operandi and dedication of society members. I will give my best to extend the chain of Human Chain to Gulf countries,” said Daudi. An AMU Alumni Daudi lauded the mission and vision of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and emphasized that if we deeply study them and work accordingly big change could be observed in the regions like Seemanchal and other parts of country, added Daudi.
Manzar Imam, a Delhi based freelance journalist hailing from Purnia had given a detailed explanation about the topic especially the meaning of “Civil Society”. Imam said, I am seeing a spark of a “Civil Society” in members of Human Chain, which has the potential to bring changes. Organising symposium and conferences on key issues like “Education” is the role of civil society and Human Chain is doing this wonderfully. Abid Anwar, a journalist with UNI too shared his views on the need of action from civil society in the field of education.
During the symposium the society handed over “Dazzling Star Certificates” to four of the members for outstanding performances namely Mujahid Akhtar Naaz, Tarique Sufyan, Salam Anwar and Abid Anwar. Nasim Haider, Ghulam Tarique, Shah Firoz, Alamgir, Mokarram Zia, Dilshad Alam, Mansoor Alam, Ghaznafar Elahi, Sarwar Alam, Mudassir Nazar, Shah Azam, Dilshad Ghani, Mubashshir Hussain participated in the symposium along with many others.
“All big things and big ventures had a small beginning. A small madarsa started with only five students by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan turned into the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. Human Chain and its members should take lessons from such historic facts and move ahead with their small steps to achieve the exceptional”, said Padma Shri Prof Akhtarul Wasey while addressing the gathering during the inauguration of Human Chain head office. A Delhi based non-government registered society, Human Chain owned its office at 161/B, D block in Abul Fazal Enclave area of Okhla in New Delhi. The office premises has been voluntarily given by its owner Rahmat Ahsan, a businessman from Kishanganj, Bihar and owner of general store at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science), New Delhi.
From Left to Right: Mohd Aslam, Prof Wasey, Shakilur Rahman, Advocate Burney
Padma Shri Wasey was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony organised by the Human Chain this Sunday. A professor by profession, Padma Shri Wasey is director of Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Prof. Wasey was highly elated over the work of Human Chain society in short span of time since its inception in June 25, 2012. Referring to the activities of Human Chain, Padma Shri Wasey said, “the community and nation badly need many voluntary groups of professionals to resolve the plethora of issues lying before all. Despite job association in various private firms and government offices, the members of the society are managing time to do social work focused towards major areas namely education and health. This really deserves plaudits from me as well as others.”
“If Human Chain keep this momentum up for coming a couple of years, I am sure a big change would be witnessed, especially in the Seemanchal region of Bihar, where people are deprived in almost all affairs of development”, told Prof Wasey. Further he added, “I am happy with the plans of the society to establish free coaching classes for financially weaker students in different parts of Seemanchal region. This would be a great work and motivate the students as well as their guardians to continue studies even after matriculation (board) exam.”
Mohd Fareed Burney, an AMU alumni and senior advocate Delhi Court was also present as special guest during the inauguration ceremony. Advocate Burney who himself is associated with the society praised the works of its members and ensured his all possible help for the projects run by the society. In fact, he said that I have never witnessed such enthusiastic youth who care of society despite their busy schedules.
Mohammad Aslam, president Human Chain in his talk shared the modus operandi of the society and contribution of its dedicated members. “We are focused and optimistic to bring change in the society in due course of time. We ensure the people of Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria, Purnia and Supaul that certainly this society would meet your expectations.
Dr. Khalid Mubashshir, general secretary Human chain, Minnat Rahmani, secretary Human Chain, Dr. Mujahid Akhtar, treasurer of the society along with Tarique Sufyan, Salam Anwar and Naseem Haider had delivered thought-provoking speeches by referring to achievements and future plan of the society.
Mujahid Akhtar delivered an introductory speech focusing to the chief guest and special guests.
While Dr. Mubashshir, an assistant professor had presented a good and balanced introduction of Human Chain, Minnat Rahmani, a youth political leader shared the future plan of the society. Tarique Sufyan, a senior member of society did the anchoring during the ceremony and impressed the people at the venue with his excellent mix of Urdu shairs. Salam Anwer presented the bouquet to the chief guest, whereas Master Naseem Haider had given ‘Vote of thanks’ to the gathering.
Abdul Mannan (Senior Editor Doordarshan), Iftikhar Uz Zaman (All India Radio, Programmer), Tanweer Samdani (Jamia Millia Islamia), Haris Marwan (Engineer), Mohd Mansoor Alam (VP Human Chain and Engineer), Ghaznafar Elahi (Manager, Aliya Travels), Mohd Sarwar Alam (Manager, Securitas), Nawed Shamshi (Treasurer Human Chain), Shakil-ur-Rahman, Jahangir Alam, Qamrul Hoda, Zahoor Alam, Mohammad Anzar, Dilshad Alam, Shah Azam, Monis Janisar, Mohammad Sabir, Mukarram Zia, Ghulam Tarique, Raghib Ahsan were present among many others.
It should be noted that Human Chain is a non-registered society formed by the working professionals from Seemanchal region of Bihar, which comprised of seven districts namely Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Araria, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura. This is one of the most backward areas of the country and legging behind in development in comparison to other parts of the country. With the aim to bring change in the region of Seemanchal, this society was formed in June 2012 under the Societies registration ACT XXI, 1860, Govt of Delhi.
In less than eight month time since its establishment this society had organized many education focused seminars, conferences and workshops. Prominent among them are Youth Resource Development Programme (YRDP), Seemanchal Education Conclave (SEC) and National Conference on Sachar Committee recommendations at India Islamic Cultural Centre on December 25, which was attended by K Rahman Khan, union Minister for Minority Affairs. Human Chain has been a front-runner group to push ahead the matter of proposed AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) campus in Kishanganj. This society has worked as a bridging link among the AMU administration (Vice Chancellor), Govt of Bihar and the concerned ministries at the centre.
Another proud moment for people of Seemanchal and entire scientific fraternity, as Kishanganj born Scientist Mumtaz Naiyer has another publication in his kitty. Recently his paper on the topic "A Peptide Antagonist Disrupts NK Cell Inhibitory Synapse Formation" is published in world's one of the most coveted scientific journal "The Journal of Immunology". Mumtaz Naiyer, one of the co-author of the paper is highly delighted over his achievement. Naiyer said this is not the end of road for him, he is already working in some other topics and expecting more findings / publications in the field of Immunology.
Below is the abstract of the finding:
A Peptide Antagonist Disrupts NK Cell Inhibitory Synapse Formation.
Division of Medicine, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom;
Productive engagement of MHC class I by inhibitory NK cell receptors depends on the peptide bound by the MHC class I molecule. Peptide:MHC complexes that bind weakly to killer cell Ig-like receptors (KIRs) can antagonize the inhibition mediated by high-affinity peptide:MHC complexes and cause NK cell activation. We show that low-affinity peptide:MHC complexes stall inhibitory signaling at the step of Src homology protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 recruitment and do not go on to form the KIR microclusters induced by high-affinity peptide:MHC, which are associated with Vav dephosphorylation and downstream signaling. Furthermore, the low-affinity peptide:MHC complexes prevented the formation of KIR microclusters by high-affinity peptide:MHC. Thus, peptide antagonism of NK cells is an active phenomenon of inhibitory synapse disruption.
“Life screws u hardest when u think u have somewhat figured it out”, says Aamir Zeb about life.......His delighted father Mr. Zubair Alam says, “my house has turned into a small museum, containing all these trophies.”
Kishanganj is leaping ahead on the path of development especially in the field of education. In the recent time many proud youths of this small district in north-eastern part of Bihar have achieved milestones in various fields of education. The latest addition in this highly coveted list is Aamir Zeb, who has scored a whooping 99.67 percentile in CAT exam this year. Aamir has made entire Seemanchal and Bihar proud by cracking one of India’s most prestigious entrance tests this year.
Belonging to Gostara village of Kishanganj, Aamir is proud son of Mr. Zubair Alam, Deputy Director, DD News. Currently Aamir is doing B.tech / M.tech (integrated 5 years course) from Chemical Engineering branch from IIT Delhi, which is going to finish in May 2013.
However, there was not end of road for Aamir as the great champ who says, “life screws u hardest when u think u have somewhat figured it out”, was eyeing for achieving much bigger in the form of CAT. He has already received a job offer from Bain & Co, a US based World's No.1 Consulting Company.
Aamir has done his 10th from Don Bosco School, Siliguri (West Bengal) in the year 2006, which is about 100 kms away from Kishaganj. Further he had completed his 10+2 from St. Columbus School during 2006-2008 session. IIT Delhi was his next destination where he got admission in Chemical Engineering branch and took active participation in extra-curricular activities within the campus.
Aamir has set an example for the generations to come and also emerged out as a role model for those aspiring for IIT and CAT. If Aamir takes out time from his busy schedule it would be very helpful for youths of Seemanchal area in Bihar.
Many many congratulation to Aamir Zeb from KishanganjBihar.com on behalf of 2 crore Seemanchalwasis.
Highlights of Aamir Zeb’s road to IIM
High School (10th) from Don Bosco School, Siliguri (West Bengal) in the year 2006
10+2 from St. Columbus School in 2006-08
B. Tech / M.Tech (integrated 5 years course) in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi going to complete in May 2013.
Got a job offer from Bain & Co, a US based World's No.1 Consulting Company. Turned down the job offer
Cracked CAT with 99.67 percentile. Getting calls from all prestigious IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad
Extra curricular Activities:
Beginning his school from Patna further moved to Malda and Siliguri, Aamir Zeb has achieved stupendous successes in extra curricular activities as well. He has won plenty of medals, shields and trophies. His delighted father says, “my house has turned into a small museum, containing all these trophies.”
Some of the highlights are as follows:
An outstanding quizzer, debator, essay and creative writers in school and college level.
Won Mr. Genius and Sword of Honour Awards, an annual award given to the student who represents the spirit of St. Columbus school in best way.
Won the Best Fresher's Award in IIT, Delhi
Aamir is also a tennis player of outstanding repute and has beaten No.1seed, while playing Sunfeast Open in Kolkata. In Delhi too he had won single's title and was the runners-up in double's event.
As per feedback of Ekhwan Ahmad on KishanganjBihar.com, we have received below details about the Saturday scuffle at Kishanganj Railway Station in which Tafheem Rahman, younger brother of Kochadhaman MLA Akhtarul Iman got badly injured.
What happened that day in words of Ekhwan Ahmad, "Tasawwur Alam with 7-8 boys went to Kishangunj Railway Station to board North East Express.They could not board the train and went to cancel their tickets.When they were coming back from the cancellation counter the disturbing elements in that area looted and attacked them. Tasawwur with other people went to M.L.A. Kochadhaman Akhaterul Iman. After listening to their grievances and seeing their swollen faces Mr. Akhterul Iman sent with him, Tafheem, his younger brother and Saheb Anwer, another person to lodge a F.I.R with Railway police. While they were on their way to Railway Police thana, Tasawwur recognized one of the faces who looted them and told Saheb and Tafheem about it. Saheb went to talk to that guy and in the process heated exchange took place which led to an attack by 5-6 goons on Saheb and Tasawwur. Tafheem then went to calm the mob and shout for police help. In the meanwhile a crowd of 25-35 drunk goons standing there attacked three of them full on .Police reached the spot too late that too without uniform or ID cards."
Seemanchal Education Conclave (SEC) was held on October 31, 2012 at Town Hall in Kishanganj (Bihar) for the entire day. The education focussed event was attended by many educationists, activists and common people. The major highlight of the event was participation of students from various schools and madarsas in competition and seminar attended by former AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P K Abdul Azis, Retired IAS Ahmad Ashfaque Karim, Katihar Medical College Chairman Ahmad Ashfaque Karim and Kishanganj MP Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi. Mohammad Aslam, President Human Chain had delivered a very good and balanced speech.
The development of Seemanchal region and other parts of country can’t be expected without empowerment of the youth this is a fact and it needs urgent attention. With the aim to facilitate the youths of Seemanchal, Human Chain – a Delhi based Non Government Society of Seemanchal people had organized ‘Youth Resource Development Programme’ (YRDP) in New Delhi this past week at Jamat-e-Islami campus, Abul Fazal Enclave. The programme (fresher party) intended to provide a platform to freshers of Seemanchal region who have enrolled themselves in various courses in the colleges of Delhi & NCR.
Organised by youth wing of Human Chain the programme was attended by Maulana Asrarul Haque Quasmi, the member of parliament from Kishanganj, Kamal Farooqui, National Secretary Samajwadi Party, Abul Hafeez Gandhi, former Students’ union president AMU, Engineer Perwaiz Mohammad, Iqbal Ahmad, Correspondent BBC, Mufti Athar Jawed and many other educationists and activists along with 500 students belonging to the districts of Araria, Purnia, Katihar, Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura and Uttar Dinajpur (West Bengal).
In his address to the gathering Maulana Asrarul Haque said that education is most important for all but at the same time we should focus ourselves to have good mannerism. Being literate is not enough to change the society or nation until or unless you follow good manners and deal with people around you with loving gesture. Kamal Farooqui, a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) shared his personal life and sweet and sour experiences. He said that my life can be a source inspiration for many especially the students belonging to economically deprived families.
Perwaiz Mohammad, an alumni of AMU had delivered a motivational speech and emphasized on the vision of Great Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Abdul Hafiz Gandhi captivated the attention of crowd with his powerful speech and he focused on the important of modern education for all especially madarsa board students. Mohammad Mudassir Alam from Human Chain described about the society and its motive. Mr. Alam said that Human Chain is a platform to serve the humanity and all should try to be a good human being unless there is no any benefit of living on the earth.
Human Chain president Mohammad Aslam made the crowd frenzy with his speech and though provoking points. Mr. Aslam said that Human Chain is a society of professionally successful persons from various fields. This is a hub of talent and it will surely bring changes in the Seemanchal region and other parts of the country including abroad. Speaking on the topic, “Miles to go before I sleep”, Mr. Aslam said that in short period of about four months since its inception Human Chain has got attention due to its work. Further he added that Human Chain believes on work rather than making tall claims and very soon the result (impact) of the society will be visible to all.
Human Chain’s Nadeem Akhtar handled the management team of YRDP. Sarwar Alam and Najeeb Sagar hosted the programme, while other youths namely Wasim Akhtar, Ghulam Tarique, Jahangir Alam, Mudassir Nazar (One), Mukarram Zia, Shah Azam, Nauman, Mudassir Nazar (Two), Nafis, Ahbar and Tarique Anwar given valuable contribution to organize the programme successfully.
The focus of programme was to motivate the students with the speeches of the guests. Besides this, Mr. YRDP competition was also organized in which 10 students participated. Munis Janisar from Baigana village of Kishanganj was declared Mr. YRDP. In addition to this four students were given consolation prizes. Mr. YRDP was selected by a panel of three judges namely, Tauquir Alam (JNU), Minnat Rahmani and Tauqueer Alam (Jamia). The core team members of Human Chain had thanked the students to attend the programme that include Mujahid Akhtar, Gauhar Mahmood, Nasim Haider, Salam Anwar, Anzar Alam, Manazir Alam, Nawed Shamsi, Khalid Mubashshir, Ghaznafar Elahi, Mansoor Alam and Zahoor Alam.
The vote of thanks was given by Nadeem Akhtar. While taking with KBC, a core member of Human Chain said that the aim of YRDP to find out the talented students of Seemanchal who will be given proper training to groom up for facing the interviews. As per Human Chain member the society has decided to give training to interested students twice in a week on soft skills like communication, presentation and facing the interviews, etc. The society will begin the career counseling and workshop training from November 2012 onwards.
Proud moment for Seemanchal region and Bihar, Mumtaz Naiyer the young scientist from Kishanganj district has got his first article published after his important findings about the disease Leishmaniasis which is commonly known as Kala-azar. Naiyer had done an extensive research on Kala-azar for past several months finally come up with an exciting result and his work was noticed by the scientist across the world. The article is being published by ASHI (American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics) with the heading “Identification and characterization of a human IL-10 receptor antagonist” and made online on October 2, 2012.
Here in this research article Naiyer et al. have identified a new drug called Interleukin-10 receptor antagonist through a high throughput drug discovery tool called phage display technology. This drug has been tested in Leishmaniasis (Kala-azar) in in-vitro condition and found to be effective. The science behind the identification of the peptide antagonist is cutting edge and very thorough. If this is truly the first peptide IL-10 Receptor antagonist and it can be used in humans, it will revolutionize treatment of many diseases in which IL-10 suppresses the immune response, for example, Kala-azar, HIV and Cancer etc.
Naiyer shared about his paper and topic over phone with KishanganjBihar.com (KBC) editor over phone. He said, currently Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) cases are found in four continents and is considered to be endemic in 88 countries, 72 of which are developing countries. Of the 500,000 new cases of visceral leishmaniasis that occur annually, 90% are in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, and Sudan. One of the major threats to control of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is its interaction with HIV infection. VL has emerged as an important opportunistic infection associated with HIV. In areas endemic for VL, many people have asymptomatic infection. A concomitant HIV infection increases the risk of developing active VL by between 100 and 2320 times. In southern Europe, up to 70% of cases of visceral leishmaniasis in adults are associated with HIV infection (WHO data).
Further he added that there is an urgent need to develop new therapies for the treatment of VL as the available treatments are remaining unsatisfactory. Furthermore the present drugs cause high toxicity and ineffective due to drug resistance. So now it’s inevitable to reduce drug toxicity and long-term hospitalization and also to prevent drug resistance by adopting new strategies. Successful treatment of kala-azar is thought to depend, at least in part, on alterations in the host immune response to the parasite, therefore, direct manipulation of the immune response, either alone or in combination with drugs, might be a useful strategy for improving treatment regimens for VL.
Naiyer is very happy over his achievement and thanked his family members, friends especially elder brother for helping him always. The proud young scientist said that this is just the beginning and he has to go ahead with more and more findings. While talking with KBC Editor, Naiyer told that his another paper on some other topic (finding) is ready and he expects it to get published after the recent paper. KishanganjBihar.com congratulates Naiyer on his achievement on behalf of people of Seemanchal and Bihar.
One of India’s most backward regions Kosi also referred as Seemanchal comprised of eight districts namely, Araria, Purnia, Katihar, Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Madepura (all in Bihar) and Uttar Dinajpur (West Bengal). Even 65 years after independence this area is far behind in the development race in comparison to other parts of India. Thanks to the neglected attitude of state and Centre government and their step-motherly treatment with Kosi. There are many reasons behind the dismal condition of Kosi but the region has yet to get a leader who can standup and raise the voice on behalf of 2 crore people.
Now it seems the Kosi region has got a new reformer (voice-raiser) in the form of Ahmad Ashfaque Karim, the Chairman of Katihar Medical College (KMC) and leader of Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), accompanied by iconic youth leader of Balrmpur constituency Aadil Hassan Azad. Taking a dig into the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s much hyped ‘Adhikar Yatra’, Karim, the founder and convenor of Kosi Bedari Morcha (KBM) had organised a people awareness programme named as Kosi Bedari Sammelan (Kosi Awareness Conference) at Barsoi in Katihar. The awareness programme led by Karim was joined Aadil Hassan Azad, former LJP candidate from Balrampur assembly constituency, Naresh Yadav, ex member of Parliament and political leaders from different political parties, party workers and social activists.
Addressing the huge gathering at Barsoi Karim said, ‘it would not be wrong to refer the Kosi area as ‘Kala Pani’ since the people have been completed neglected by ruling governments and policy makers. The Kosi region has not witnessed any major development since the country’s independence in 1947. In almost every field from education to employment, basic medical facilities to nutritious meals, this region of Bihar is legging behind from rest of the country. On the other hand the natural calamities like heavy floods, famine, etc. are adding woes to the people of the area, said Karim.
Karim who has contributed a lot in the field of education for this area went heavily against the state and Centre governments for making the common people fool and keeping them illiterate and deprived of basic necessities. The chairman of Katihar Medical College emphasized on the importance of education and urged the people to raise their voice for their basic rights. Karim had slammed the educational policies Bihar government and highlighted its loopholes. Enough is enough; Kosi region badly needs the ‘Special Status’ from Bihar government and Centre as well in order to match the developing India. On behalf of Kosi Bedari Morcha I demand for providing special status to Kosi region with Purnia as its main hub, where special session of Assembly should also be conducted, told the LJP leader.
Lok Janashakti Party’s youth leader Aadil Hassan Azad who is also a lawyer by procession demanded for establishment of Central University, government funded hospital cum medical college, engineering college, polytechnic colleges in Kosi (Seemanchal) area in addition to girls school and Kendriya Vidyalaya at Balrampur. Azad also demanded for setting up High Court bench in Purnia along with other demands like relaxation in Kisan Loan, reservation for Surjapuri, Scheduled Caste status for polia and desia (Rajvanshi society), providing the block status to Abadpur (katihar) and setting up of rail factory in Katihar.
Kosi Awareness Conference is a good initiative from Karim and Azad under the banner of KAM, and it has been launched at the right time when the national media is following Nitish Kumar’s ambitious ‘Adhikar Yatra’, which demands for providing ‘Special Status’ to Bihar. The awareness programme launched by Karim and Azad can be praised and it demands for upliftment of the common people residing in the Kosi belt. However, the list of demands is too long and it would be too early to predict anything as the governments both in state and Centre are least bothered about the Seemanchal belt.
It would be interesting to see whether the Nitish led NDA government is fulfilling the demands or not. Need of the hour is that the issues raised by Karim and Azad should not be given a political colour. The issues are genuine and the Seemanchal region needs urgent attention as the crores of people in this area are still waiting for the day when they find themselves prosperous in proper way. If some of the demands raised by Kosi Bedari Sammelan are fulfilled it would be a new dawn for Seemanchal region.
KishanganjBihar.com brings another concern related to the district of Kishanganj in Apna Kishanganj series. The rise in kidnapping cases in Kishanganj and neighbouring districts has put a question mark over the modus operandi of administration. When the kidnapping cases are being noticed almost every day, the administration is showing lackluster approach and till date no any circular is issued for the police stations located in various parts of the district.
Kidnapping of kids varying in age from three years to 10 years has been reported from different parts of district and neighbouring areas like Islampur (Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal), Dalkolha (Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal), Baisi (Purnea), and villages situated adjacent to National Highway 31. Till date dozens of kidnapping cases of kids have come into notice and many reports have already published. However, the district administration of Kishanganj and neighbouring districts have completely failed to nab the gang of kidnappers. Although few suspected persons have been caught by local but the police failed to reach the group of kidnappers.
This past week the people of a village near Thakurganj railway station had caught a suspected kidnapper and handed over to police. While taking away five-year-old daughter of Mohammad Fareed the kidnapper was spotted by the some villagers. The worked as whistle blowers and in result large crowd gathered on the spot and thrashed the kidnapper. Later on police was informed and the villagers handed him over for legal action. The kidnapper claiming himself as Raju Kumar Chand is belonging to Bothia village from Bhamgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh. The police had arrested the kidnapper and taken him to Thakurganj police station for further action.
Similarly, many other kidnapping cases have been reported from other villages of Kishanganj by authentic sources. On Eid-ul-Fitr day (August 20, 2012) three children were kidnapped from Eidgah of Kamalpur village (Kochadhaman block). The children were later rescued from Janta Hat by locals and handed over to their parents. Few days later a couple of children were kidnapped from Baisi and Dalkolha, who couldn’t be rescued.
Now coming to the point, in the recent time kidnapping cases are on high rise in Kishanganj and adjoining districts but the administration of respective districts failed to put hold on the same. Although few suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the police but they couldn’t reach the kingpin of the kidnapping nexus. People of the area are in extreme shock and havoc over the kidnapping cases, which is rising with every passing day. Need of the hour is that the administration should circulate an alert notification across all the police stations to stop the kidnapping cases. At the mean time, the common people and parents / wards of the children should remain alert and work as whistle blower if they come across any suspected person or kidnapper.
"होनहार बिरवा के चिकने-चिकने पात", इस कहावत को सच कर दिखाया है किशनगंज के एक नौजवान ने!
मिलिए किशनगंज जिला मुख्यालय के सिमलबाड़ी गाँव के होनहार शाहबाज़ अनवर से जिनके लिए उच्च स्तर के सरकारी नौकरियों की प्रवेश परीक्षाएं पास करना बाएं हाथ का खेल हो गया है! अभी पिछले हफ्ते शाहबाज़ अनवर ने स्टेट बैंक ऑफ़ हैदराबाद का पीओ (परिवक्षाधीन अधिकारी) परीक्षा पास किया है जो की उनकी सफलता की एक नई कड़ी है! गौरतलब हो को इंडियन आयल में मेनेजर शाहबाज़ अनवर ने इससे पहले स्टेट बैंक ऑफ़ इंडिया और इलाहाबाद बैंक के पीओ (परिवक्षाधीन अधिकारी) के टेस्ट को भी क्वालीफाई किया है! किशनगंज जिले को होनहार युवा शाहबाज़ अख्तर की पोस्टिंग फ़िलहाल इलाहाबाद में है! अपनी नयी सफलता से शाहबाज़ अनवर काफी खुश हैं और किशनगंजबिहार डोट कॉम से बातचीत के दौरान कहा की वह इंडियन आयल में ही कार्यरत रहेंगे!
अलीगढ मुस्लिम विश्वविद्यालय से सनाकोत्तर (एम एस सी इंडसट्रीयल) शाहबाज़ अनवर ने कहा की हालाँकि वह स्टेट बैंक ऑफ़ हैदराबाद की नौकरी ज्वाइन नहीं करने जा रहे, लेकिन इस सफलता से उन्हें मनोवैज्ञानिक प्रोत्साहन मिला है! किशनगंजबिहार डोट कॉम के एडिटर से शाहबाज़ ने कहा की उनके दृढनिश्चय और योजनाबद्ध तेयारी से उन्हें कई सफलता मिली! उन्होंने एक नहीं ब्लकि कई सफलताएँ अर्जित की और उन्हें भरोसा है की किशनगंज जिले के युवा उनकी सफलताओं से प्रोत्साहित होंगे और उनका मार्गदर्शन होगा! किशनगंजबिहार डोट कॉम किशनगंज और सीमांचल की जनता की तरफ से शाहबाज़ अनवर को उनको हार्दिक बधाई देती है!
KishanganjBihar.com is delighted over sharing the news of Seemanchal's pride Raghibul Hasan, a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) at Department of Biochemistry in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. A resident of Katihar district, Raghibul Hasan has done an exceptional research to determine the functional significance of TC21 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). His research brought the conclusion that TC21 mediates its effects via the PI3K-Akt pathway, NF-κB and cyclin D1, and enhances chemoresistance in esophageal cancer cells. This is really a big achievement for Raghibul Hasan as he belong to one of the most educationally backward regions of the country. In fact, Raghibul Hasan's effort will encourage the youth of Seemanchal to join the research field as nowadays very few chose it as career option.
Abstract of Raghibul Hasan's paper online edition.
siRNA-mediated downregulation of TC21 sensitizes esophageal cancer cells to cisplatin.
Md. Raghibul Hasan, Shyam Singh Chauhan, Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India.
AIM: To determine the functional significance of TC21 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC).
METHODS: TC21 siRNA transfection was carried out using Hyperfectamine to knock down TC21, and transcripts were analyzed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and protein by Western blotting. We demonstrated the effect of TC21 downregulation of cell signaling in esophageal cancer cells by assessing the phosphorylation status of its downstream targets, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), protein kinase B (pAkt), nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and cyclinD1 using specific antibodies. Cell survival analysis after cisplatin treatment was carried out by cell viability assay and cell cycle analysis using flow cytometry.
RESULTS: TC21 knockdown in human ESCC cell line TE13 cells, showed only a marginal increase (14.2%) in cell death compared with control cells. The expressions of the signaling proteins PI3K and pAkt, transcription factor NF-κB, and cell cycle protein cyclin D1 were markedly decreased in response to TC21 downregulation, whereas the level of pPTEN, an antagonist of PI3K, was increased. In addition, we evaluated the potential of TC21 as a putative target for sensitizing ESCC cells to the chemotherapeutic agent cisplatin. Increased cell death (38.4%) was observed in cells treated with cisplatin after TC21 knockdown compared with cells which were treated with cisplatin alone (20% cell death).
CONCLUSION: Results suggest that TC21 mediates its effects via the PI3K-Akt pathway, NF-κB and cyclin D1, and enhances chemoresistance in esophageal cancer cells.
The country is gearing up to celebrate the 65th Independence Day amidst the chaotic environs. The unfortunate Assam riots in which many dozens innocent lives, hundreds of people got injured and more than two lakhs become homeless. In response the protest by minorities in the financial capital Mumbai at Azad Maidan turned into a war zone and the separatist forces tried to give it communal colour by misinterpretation of facts like the minute difference between Islamic Flag and Pakistani Flag. On the other hand two back to back agitations first by Anna Hazare from July 25, 2012 and second by Yog Guru Baba Ramdev from August 9, 2012 in the national Capital Delhi altogether caused the eruption of political war among the leading political parties.
While the entire country especially the capital of India was witnessing all the chaos and people were following the developments on various media sources, a region called ‘Seemanchal’ in the north-eastern part of Bihar was battling with its own issues. The Independence and meaning of liberation is just a word in Oxford / Cambridge and any other dictionary. From 1947 to 2012, 65 years have passed but this area has hardly seen anything in the name of development apart from the Railway Track, National Highways, markets with small and big shops, few educational institutions with basic facilities, hospitals with inadequate amenities, etc. On the other hand, if you start counting the issues there are scores of them such as illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, health and sanitation, malnutrition, etc. In short, a journey to nook and corner of the Seemanchal area will virtually take you into pre-Independence area.
‘Seemanchal’ the region comprised of eight districts namely Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura (all in Bihar) and Uttar Dinajpur (West Bengal) seems half Independent in today’s time. When the metros like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad are becoming a better place to live in with the addition of amenities like flyovers, metros and other convenient transport systems, the condition in Seemanchal area is worsening day-by-day. Be it the elected representatives or the ruling governments at the state capital and national capital, hardly anyone thinks about the development of Seemanchal region.
The majority of people in Seemanchal region sleeps without two times proper meals, they hardly get medical assistance for illness that can be fatal as well, the farmers somehow manages to grow crops in their fields but their yield doesn’t get proper rate in markets, the government run schools from primary till high schools don’t have good teachers, the mothers having breast feeding child don’t get proper (nutritious) meal and the old aged people without proper medicines suffer from many diseases mostly related with respiratory system. There are scores of problems related with this area which is having a population of 2 crore.
Due to less literacy among the common people the area is deeply trapped in the ‘Cancer of Corruption’. You can notice the corruption everywhere from schools to hospitals, railway station reservation counters to bus stands, registration office to government offices and banks, markets to cross-roads. In fact, corruption is visible at every level in the region of Seemanchal. Sadly, despite seeing the corrupt system around us hardly the people of area dare to raise voice against those who are corrupt.
At the same time, the road connectivity is yet to reach the villages of Seemanchal region. Many ailing patients lose their valuable lives due to improper treatment or they take last breath while on way to hospitals. Similarly, the unavailability of electricity in remote areas of Seemanchal has kept the people totally disconnected from rest of the country as they can’t have cable connected television or computer with internet connection. The clean drinking water is not available to common people hence they suffer from common problems like acidity and other water related diseases.
Coming back to the point, the Seemanchal area also become free on August 15, 1947 and the people of this area had also contributed to make this country prosperous and a developing one. It has produced many political leaders, educationists, scientists, doctors, engineers, journalists, business tycoons, social activists, lawyers, etc. like other parts of nation. Seemanchal has produced the best tea of the country, wheat, rice, maize, pineapple, litchis, banana and several other produce that are exported in other parts of India. Fact is that the ruling Congress led UPA government is having one Member of Parliament (Maulana Asrarul Haque from Kishanganj) and three Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) namely Dr. Jawed Azad (Kishanganj), Tousif Alam (Bahadurganj) and Md. Afaque Alam (Kasba) from Seemanchal region.
This is matter of big concern that despite contributing to the country in almost every field the Seemanchal region has remained a victim of political negligence. The term of development seems an alien there. Nature has blessed the region of Seemanchal with wonderful gifts like lush-green surroundings, fertile land and pure breathing air, but the policy makers of country hardly care the region of Seemanchal and its people. After describing the dismal condition of Seemanchal in nutshell, I leave an important question before you. Is Seemanchal really Independent? Think over this and try to find a solution unless the condition will remain same even after 100 years of Independence.
The Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) leaders and more than 6,500 workers took part in Jail Bharo Andolan on August 9, 2012 (Thursday) in the district headquarters of Katihar. Led by former Loksabha Candidate Ahmad Ashfaque Karim from Katihar constituency, the Jail Bharo Andolan was joined by Balrampur constituency MLA candidate Aadil Hassan Azad and other noted leaders like Samrender Kunal and Mohammad Zahid. The party leaders and workers were agitating against the corruption charges on Nitish Kumar NDA government in Bihar.
Lok Janashakti Party has alleged that the Bihar Government is involved in corruption worth Rs. 82,000 crore that include scams like AC / DC Bill and land scam. The party had also blamed the Government of Bihar for complete failure in maintaining the law and order. In fact, the youth leader of LJP Aadil Hassan Azad said that Nitish Kumar is doing all types of investment in the area located around Nalanda that include the establishment of Central University and construction of new airport. Later on the protestors had given arrest before the District Administration.
Constitution of India is equal for all, then why the legal issues related to establishment of AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) centres outside Aligarh is applying only for Kishanganj? If the AMU Centres are already running at Mallapuram in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal, then why the Central government is delaying the official formalities to establish the centre in Kishanganj, Bihar? With this big question and many other concerns including unprecedented delay made by MHRD regarding AMU Kishanganj a delegation of Delhi based NGO Human Chain meet Union Minister of Law and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid at his residence on Friday morning. The delegation led by President Mohammad Aslam has put many questions before the Law Minister and urged him to provide urgent attention on the long drawn issue.
The Cabinet Minister has sighted the legal issues as the reason behind the delay in the establishment of AMU Centre in Kishanganj. In fact, he made it clear that the file of AMU Kishanganj has not come to his office for fulfilling of any formality, hence he is not aware about the exact reason. Mohammad Aslam told Salman Khurshid that the Supreme Court has not issued any order to stop the construction work in any centre of AMU. If the Apex Court had not intervened yet into the matter, then the Central Government can go ahead with construction work in Kishanganj, added Aslam. The core members of Human Chain Khalid Mubashshir, Minnat Rahmani and Taqueer Alam (JNU) told the union minister that the sessions in Kerala and West Bengal had been started two years back in December 2010. Only the AMU Kishanganj centre is not getting any attention and the hopes of billions of residents of Seemanchal region are shattering with every passing day.
The Minority Affairs minister had listened the arguments of Human Chain delegates featuring Naved Shamshi, Salam Anwer, Zahoor Alam, Nasim Haider, Gauhar Mahmood, Najeeb Sagar, Dilshad Ghani, Subhani, Hasnain, Shafique and Parwez Mohammad. The long discussion between Salman Khurshid and Human Chain delegation ended in a positive note. After listening all the aspects and hurdles, the Law Minister had said the delegation that he will take them Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for a meeting shortly so that the AMU Kishanganj deadlock comes to an end. Human Chain members looked quite satisfied after meeting with Salman Khurshid, but until and unless any green signal comes from the Centre it will be too early to celebrate. It should be noted that Human Chain is continuously working on AMU Kishanganj issue and doing every possible thing to physically see the special centre in the Seemanchal region of Bihar. However, the official formalities and missing links among the government ministries has already delayed the project by four years since it was announced by the former Vice Chancellor of AMU Prof P.K. Abdul Azis in 2008.
Recently there were many announcements for Seemanchal especially for the deprived district of Kishanganj. Like every education aficionado I was on cloud nine to read all such announcements. I think, being a Seemanchal native I could not have asked for more. Let me remind you about all these announcements. Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar during his recent Kishanganj visit declared that the district will be blessed with an Agriculture college and a Veterinary college at Pothia. Well, his acuity on the topic of the agriculture college is praise worthy keeping in mind the huge agriculture potential of the district.
As all of us know that the land in Kishanganj is fertile for flower, fruits, vegetables, horticulture and farming of spices. Moreover, Kishanganj is known for good quality tea production apart from pineapple and jute and the first district in Bihar to produce tea at large scale. Although neglected for decades this district deserve agriculture as well as a veterinary college. Nevertheless, agriculture research through tissue culture techniques and better seed quality production can qualitatively increase the income of farmers. It was heartening to see that the chief minister laid thrust on courses on poultry, fisheries and dairy for developing the region. There was also need for promoting sericulture in the area; he also stressed the need for promotion of agro-based industries.
It may be a co-incidence, soon after Nitish Kumar Kishanganj visit, telecom Mogul and Airtel owner Sunil Bharti Mittal has shown interest in setting up pineapple processing unit in the north-eastern district of Bihar. Nonetheless this can boost many small time and marginal farmers. This again re-iterates that Seemanchal is having immense business opportunities and can be a hot bed for agro-based industries.
Nursing college in the campus of MGM Medical College, Kishanganj was the other announcement which caught the attention of the general public. The situation of medical facilities in the region is very much crippled, lacking all the basic facilities and amenities, dearth of doctors, paramedics and nursing staff. Nursing college is the need of the hour for both health as well as academic purpose. Apart from creating job opportunities, this will certainly make girls independent and encourage parents to educate their girl child. Not to forget the female literacy is most awful in this region.
The most exciting recent proposal came from Rahmani Foundation, Munger, Bihar also famous for Rahmani-30 for IITs. They have announced that Rahmani Foundation will establish medical and engineering colleges in the Kishanganj for which they have identified the 285 acre land at Sheetalpur, Pothia block of Kishanganj district, which was initially offered to AMU for its Kishanganj campus by Mr. Afzal Hussain, the land owner. Being an optimist I am hopeful for the initiative taken by Rahmani Foundation. However, the question which is haunting me more is the controversy surrounding the land given on 999 years lease by Mr. Afzal Hussain. This will only unfold when Rahmani Foundation starts working in the proposed site for medical and engineering colleges. Nevertheless, it should not fall prey to cheap politics.
We can sense the deep anguish and resentment among the common masses for the delay in the proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj which was the first announcement among these from the Centre as well as state Govt. The delay can be attributed to the woeful policies of Congress led UPA govt. which till now have claimed to be the champions of minority cause. The Central Govt. has tested the patience in all waters. Till now UPA has overlooked the sentiments and issues of minority’s welfare. This is the same UPA which asked Sachar committee to submit a report on the status of minorities in the country in 2005. Sachar committee in their report said that the condition of minorities is even worse than the SCs/STS. Based on Sachar committee report UPA promised five AMU Centers within the country but their intention is questionable now. All the euphoria surrounding the AMU centre Kishanganj seems to be settled now. It seems that all the politicians and stakeholders went to oblivion. Thanks to Human Chain society for keeping the agenda alive and their struggle is really appreciable keeping in mind the limited resources they have in their disposal.
We should not feel amazed if more such announcements come before 2014 elections. Politicians use such announcements as tools to hypnotize innocent people for getting vote. I can only say there are plenty of announcement or proposals but none of them in sight. Although am least interested in politics but would like to say the local politicians have forgotten their accountability too. Why they failed to remind the govt. about all such announcements on time? Why they roar only during elections and when they feel they will lose their chair? I seek all such answers from all the readers of this article and the common masses.