The move to establish Kishanganj Centre of the Aligarh Muslim
University received a fresh impetus triggering a new hope in the
minds of the people of the region.
The AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis on the invitation
of Kishanganj District Magistrate has visited the town along with
a team of senior faculty members and inspected the three land
areas identified by the Bihar Government.
The first site was situated in Dhanpura village comprising 245
acres of land situated about 23 kilometers from the district
headquarters. The second site which was inspected by the team
comprising 250 acres was situated in Tarabari and the third one
comprising 250 acres was situated at Petbhari village. Besides
this, on the advice of District Collector, the AMU team also
visited the fourth site situated near the Bagdogra-Kishanganj
While addressing to the media persons, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof.
P. K. Abdul Azis said, “It is our firm commitment to take up the
cause of AMU Kishanganj Centre on a fast track basis. The AMU
wishes to introduce its programmes in current academic session
provided the land is acquired and transferred to the University
within three months’ period of time.
Prof. Azis said that the Central Government, Government of Bihar,
the people of Kishanganj and the Aligarh Muslim University, all
are supporting this great educational initiative that is likely t
o change the face of the region.
Prominent public representatives including Mr. Akhtarul Iman, MLA
and representatives of various local educational movements met the
AMU visiting team and requested to translate their dreams of
having a modern educational institutions of historical
The Kishanganj District Collector, Mr. Sandeep Kumar who
accompanied the visiting team to the three identified plots,
promised all help and said that he is going to initiate the
process of land acquisition on a priority basis.
The team after preliminary evaluation has short listed priority of
the site which were offered to AMU. The first option which the
team considered most suitable for the AMU Centre was the
three-pieces land at Chakla village offered to AMU earlier. The
University has expressed its desire to take over this piece of
land contiguous in one piece starting from Plot No. 1 (lying
beside the state highway). It should be made one piece and
contiguous as requested by the University on the very next day of
the first visit on May 23, 2010, University added. The second
option preferred by the University was the Dhanpura land and the
third option was Tarabari land.
The Vice Chancellor in the interactive meeting with Kishanganj
Collector has said that the University is open to any other option
if Bihar Government wants to explore the possibility for
establishing AMU Centre on some other land in Kishanganj. Our only
concern at this moment is that the Bihar Government should hand
over 250 acres of contiguous land without any encumbrances and it
should be securely bound.
The other officials who participated in the meeting included Mr.
Siyaram Singh, SDM, Kishanganj, Mr. Uday Kishore Yadav, Circle
Officer, Kishanganj, Mr. S.K. Chaudhary, ADM, Kishanganj and Dr.
Mahendra Pal, Land Acquisition Officer, Kishanganj.
The AMU visiting team comprised of Professor Akhtar Haseeb, OSD
(Development), Prof. Javed Akhtar, Dean, Faculty of Management
Studies and Research, Prof. N.A.K. Durrani, Media Advisor, Prof.
Saud Alam Qasmi, Department of Sunni Theology and Prof. Ekram
Husain, Principal, Zakir Husain College of Engineering and