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Aligarh: 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 Expressway.
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 significance.
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 Technology.