AMU to have 250-acre branch in Bihar:
The centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Bihar would
come up in 250 acres, instead of 100 acres now, as the Bihar
government has allotted an additional 150 acres of land free to
Kochi: The Kerala government
acquired 93 acres of land in Perinthalmanna for the regional campus
of the Aligarh Muslim University. The rest 30 acres to be acquired
in the first phase will reportedly be acquired after the Purchase
Committee fixes the value of land. The Committee is reportedly
meeting on November 23 for the purpose.
became possible as the land-owners got ready to give the land at the
rate of Rs 8750, which the government had fixed. The land-owners
informed their willingness in the district level Purchase Committee
meeting held yesterday in the Taluk Office in Perinthalmanna.
Purchase Committee had earlier, on two occasions, held talks with
the land-owners but the latter had refused to give off the land for Rs 8250, the value fixed by the government. The new agreement was
reached after the officials and local people held unofficial talks
with a group of land-owners. The rate of land was also raised to Rs
The government has
to hand over 123 acres of land to the AMU in the first phase. In the
first round of talks itself, 22 land-owners had got ready to hand
over their lands to the government at the rate of Rs 8250. That land
was around 10 acres. About 83 acres of land was handed over to the
government yesterday after the talks. So, now the government has to
acquire only 30 acres for the first phase.
The government had
promised the AMU that it would hand over 123 acres of land in the
first phase by October 31, but has not yet transferred the land even
though two weeks have passed after the set date. The AMU VC Dr PK
Abdul Azeez had expressed his fear that the state might lose the
campus if the land was not transferred in the stipulated time.
authorities had also reportedly sent a letter to the state Principal
Secretary warning that the amount set aside for the project could
not be used if the state failed to transfer the land within this
Kerala is one of
the five states chosen by the Aligarh Muslim University to set up
its regional off-campus centres. The state government has chosen
around 400 acres of land at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district
for the purpose. However, the land acquisition procedures are going
on even now.
There were many problems in the selection of land.
Earlier the Education Minister had informed the AMU and the state
Assembly that land at Panakkad near Malappuram town was chosen for
the campus. But it could not be used for the purpose as the
Industries Department, which owned the land, refused to hand it over
for the campus. Then the land at Perinthalmanna was selected. Survey
of the land has been conducted and now the acquisition procedures
are going on.
However, if the campus comes into existence in
Malappuram, it will indeed add to the educational development of not
only the district or Malabar area but the whole state.