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Thursday September 29, 2011 03:25:55 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Aligarians – the elite Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni spread across the world, might have contradicting views on the very concept of establishing the AMU sub-centres in five states, those in Maharashtra are extending wholehearted support to the AMU Malgaon and are appealing to the AMU authorities to take speedy actions so that the proposed centre becomes a reality.

“It is pleasing to learn that after the consistent efforts and follow ups of more than two years with the government and the AMU VC, a team of experts will be soon visiting Malegaon to inspect the land identified for the proposed centre. All efforts should now be taken so that the project takes shape without further delay”, Dr. A. Shaban, Associate Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, told in a telephonic interview.

Continuing further, Dr. Shaban, a member of the AMU Alumni Association Maharashtra, said, “Malegaon where the Muslim population is more than 75% industrialised itself a good 150 years before. Even today 90% of the industrial units are owned by the Muslims. It is in the centre of Maharashtra and is well connected with the National highways and is located very close to the Mumbai-Nasik-Pune development triangle – the fastest developing region in the state. Yet people here are poorly educated, and the literacy rate and percentage of higher education is alarmingly low. Establishment of the AMU centre here will not only boost the literacy percentage but also play an important role in the socio-economic development of the entire region”, he added.

Noting that people from other parts of Maharashtra are also educationally deprived and feel alienated in the state due to various reasons, Dr Shaban said, “A majority of Muslims in Maharashtra are those who migrated from North India in 1857 after facing the brunt of the British Colonial Rule. They are hardworking and rich in entrepreneur skills. At the same time, they are very emotional about their religion and culture. Due to this, they could not merge themselves with the local culture and traditions. This is perhaps why they had to suffer during the communal conflicts occurring with regular time intervals”, he said.

“These sufferings have alienated the Muslims in Maharashtra and while the state progressed impressively, Muslims far from enjoying the fruits of this progress are left economically and educationally deprived. To overcome this, the Muslims of Maharashtra need an institution which can provide them access to higher education in an atmosphere which is not alien to them and is close to their culture. In AMU off-campus centre they see such an intuition for them”, he said.

“In fact looking at the potential vis-à-vis education and the way Muslims are spread in the state, AMU should establish two such centres in Maharashtra”, he added.

Other Aligarians too are excited over the development and are now eagerly wait for the AMU inspection team so that further action is taken quickly.

“Maharashtra has a huge potential for the growth in the field of education. The state despite having a strong line-up of quality education institutes does not have a central university. Establishment of the AMU sub centre here will certainly be instrumental in further boosting the literacy level here”, Dr. Abdullah – Principal of Mohammadia Tibbia College and an Aligarian of 1982 batch said.

Echoing similar feelings, Dr. Waseem, an Aligarian of 2000 batch said, “Though Maharashtra has quite a few reputed colleges and institutes, quality education is still limited to a privileged few. AMU sub centre in Maharashtra and especially if it gets established at a place like Malegaon, will open the door of opportunities for the under-privileged. In fact it will be a real tribute to AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who established the University with the same motive.”


Meanwhile, number of students writing to the AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Pk Abdul Azis with an appeal to speed up the process for the establishment of the AMU centre in Malegaon is increasing day by day. Around 550 postcards with this appeal were posted last week. An equal number more has been posted in last two days even as more and more students are joining the campaign started by Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) September 18. 






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