A five member team headed by Aligarh Muslim University Vice
Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has visited the site at
Perinthelmanna in Malapuram district proposed by the Government of
Kerala for setting up of the AMU special centre. The
Government of India has already allocated an initial amount of Rs.
25 crore in the current fiscal year.
"In order to extricate the minorities
from the quagmire of ignorance and set them on the path of
intellectual resurgence at national level the AMU has conceived an
ambitious plan of establishing five special campuses in different
locations of the country including one in the Mallapuram district of
Kerala", Dr. Rahat Abrar has quoted Vice
Chancellor Prof. Azis as saying.
AMU VC Prof Azis said this while
inspecting the site.
Prof. Azis lauded the initiatives
taken by the Government of Kerala in providing the necessary
facilities including the land for setting up the special Centre of
Aligarh Muslim University at Malappuram and for starting the process
of land acquisition on a fast track basis, added Dr. Abrar.
Tracing the genesis Prof. Azis said
that AMU has taken this historic decision to regain its national
stature and provide leadership to minority education in the country.
The Executive Council in its meeting held on January 7, 2008 and the
Court in its meeting held on December 2, 2007 has decided to
establish five regional centres of AMU in the backward areas
populated by minorities. The sites proposed were Murshidabad in West
Bengal, Malappuram in Kerala, Katihar in Bihar, Bhopal in Madhya
Pradesh and Pune in Maharashtra. These distant centres were already
approved by the Central Government and it will enable the University
to fulfill the responsibilities mandated by the AMU Act 1981.
Further, Aligarh Muslim University had
received representations from the Chief Minister of West Bengal,
Chief Secretary of Government of Kerala and the Gharib Nawaz
Foundation for Education of Muslims of Bhopal suggesting to
establish Regional Study Centre of Aligarh Muslim University in
their respective regions. The backdrop of the alarming revelations
of the shocking state of educational backwardness of minority
community by Sachar Committee is another factor that paved way for
Expressing confidence in setting up a
special AMU Centre at Malappuram after the transfer of land to the
AMU very soon the Vice Chancellor declared that the Aligarh model
consisting of schools, faculties, Medical and Engineering Colleges
and Departments of Advanced Studies will be established in
Malappuram so that the students can get an opportunity of wholesome
education right from primary to post graduate including in
University has successfully conducted its admission tests for the MBBS, BDS, B. Tech./B. Arch., Class XI and Diploma in engineering
courses at five centers outside Aligarh including one at Farook
College, Kozikode. Both these initiatives were extremely significant
as they are designed to provide greater access and equity to the
students of different parts of the country. In itself it is carrying
the legacy of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan by spreading the Aligarh Movement
across the country for the educational uplift of the people of
India, especially the deprived Muslim population spread across the
country, Prof. Azis observed.
The proposals were, in fact, the need
of the hour and something that should have been done earlier. The
West Bengal, the Kerala and the Central Government’s efforts to
promote education among Muslim community and to bring them into the
national mainstream by expanding the benefit of education to Muslims
also provided focus on the issue and helped us formulate the policy
to widen the AMU’s campus network by establishing regional centres
of advanced study and research. The Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Government of India endorsed the above proposals and
consented to extend necessary help to the University. In the current
financial year budget the Central Government has already allocated
an initial amount of Rs. 25 crore each for Malappuram and
Murshidabad special centres. The West Bengal Government has already
set in motion the transfer of 350 acres of Farakka Barrage land to
the AMU. A five-member high power AMU team headed by the Vice
Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis has visited Murshidabad and
Kolkata on the invitation of the West Bengal government and
inspected the proposed land and discussed various issues.
Similarly, the Kerala Government has
already held wide ranging consultations in the highly focused
meeting held in the first week of August at Thrivananthapuram
presided over by Minister for Education Mr. M.A. Baby and also
Minister for Culture and other State officials attended by AMU Vice
Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis. It decided to put the issue of
Malapuram AMU Centre on “Fast Track.”
While discussing the main issues
during the Malapuram site visit with the State Officials Prof. P.K.
Azis stressed the need for constructing a 100 feet–wide access road
and a specific time-frame for handing over the acquired land in two
phases. The District Collector, Mr. M.C Mohan Dass and the Deputy
Collector, Land Acquisition Mr. Gopalakrishna, E.K has confirmed
that the Kerala Government will provide 150 acres of acquired land
by the end of October this year on fast track basis and rest of the
242 acres by the end of the year. The Officials of Electricity
Department present in the meeting assured the Supply of 5 to 10 MW
of uninterrupted power supply to the new campus to be established in
the picturesque backdrop of the Perinthelmanna.
Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis has also held
detailed discussions with Thrissur MLA Mr. V Sasikumar, State Level
Officer Smt. Lalithambika. S, District Collector Mr. M.C. Mohandas,
Special Officer Dr. Vijaykumar, Additional Director Mr. Y.V.
Srikumar and other district officers. Advocate V.K. Biran and Mr.
P.A. Hamza both members of the AMU court.
A.M.U Visiting team who participated
in the discussions includes Prof. Ikram Husain, Prof. Parvez
Mujtajab, Prof. Javed Akhter and Prof. N.A.K Durrani.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. P.K Abdul
Azis while interacting with the local people of the Perinthalmanna
said that the proposal of setting up of special campuses including
one in Malappuram district is a powerful projection of an ambitious
plan to expand the AMU’s academic and research programmes to meet
the challenging needs of the marginalized and excluded social class.
It is indeed gratifying that the Government of Kerala has initiated
all necessary steps to provide the required land for setting up
special AMU Centre at Malappuram. The people of Kerala in general
and Muslims of the state in particular have extended a warm welcome
to AMU. Already a host of discerning organizations have expressed
happiness and considers it a new beginning in the annals of
education of extremely backward Muslims of Malappuram and the
To start such a Centre is all the more
necessary in view of the increasing pressure on the existing AMU
Campus that cannot sustain the increased demand for admissions
sought every year. The present campus and resources (hostel
facility, teaching rooms, space and staff etc.) of the University
are limited and cannot be expanded beyond a certain point, but the
pressure is increasing and one cannot escape the need of providing
educational facilities to the most excluded community.
The special centre of AMU at
Malappuram will make education available to poor and downtrodden
Muslims who are educationally most backward.
The AMU has envisaged a national role
to play by promoting modern and secular education. It strives to
meet the educational aspirations of the people especially of Muslims
of India. Aligarh has played a historic role by spreading the
message of modern education, scientific temperament and secularism
in the sub-continent and in this backdrop, the Parliament has passed
the AMU Act 1981 that empowers the University to promote the
educational and cultural advancement of Muslims of India. The
University has a glorious tradition of broadmindedness, tolerance
and enlightened approach to problems that beset the contemporary
social existence. AMU has successfully kept at bay all kinds of
communal, narrow, parochial and fissiparous forces. The obsessive
apprehension expressed by a section of the media is unwarranted. The
University has never allowed any unlawful engagement in its
sprawling campus. It has a record of maintaining discipline of
highest order and Malappuram Centre will not be an exception as far
as propriety and discipline is concerned.
Historically and culturally Indian
Muslims seek guidance and inspiration from AMU and expect that it
fulfills their educational needs and requirements, under such
circumstances it is expected that the University also wakes up for
meeting out their aspirations. The Malappuram Centre will be a step
in this direction.
The idea behind setting up special
Centre at Malappuram is to provide easy access to modern education
to the most educationally deprived social class so that the national
goal of equity, access and inclusion of the excluded is
accomplished. It is indeed a national duty bestowed upon AMU to
promote education among the Muslims.
Establishment of special centre,
although is in formative stage, the University is receiving
extremely positive response from all stake holders including the
state government. The University will start all the faculties
presently in vogue in AMU including Engineering, Medical,
Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, IT based programmes, Mass
Communication besides Humanities, Science and Life Sciences. It
intends to turn the Malappuram region into an innovative, modern and
forward looking academic and research hub of global standards,
especially catering to the needs of all four southern states.