Deadline closer rings no bells in Bihar Government attitude towards A.M.U Kishanganj Center.


Md Mudassir Alam

Bihar badly needs a Central University offering contemporary education to all, AMU Special Centre is a good solution for many problems faced by the people of Kishanganj and Seemanchal area. Along with offering quality education, the AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj would generate employment opportunities for all sections of the society. The centre would also curtail down the mass migration happening from Bihar for education and employment. Nitish led Bihar Government is claiming itself pro development and the government itself should show enthusiasm to provide a physical shape to such proposals which would help the state and its people at great extent.

November 12, 2011 is the deadline for the Bihar Government to resolve the land transfer issue for the establishment of proposed AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) Special Centre in Kishanganj. After the successful ‘Maha Dharna’ (grand protest) called by ‘Kishanganj Education Movement’ under the leadership of Kishanganj MP Maulana Asrarul Haque on October 12, 2011, the Bihar government had come forward to find out the solution. The Purnia Division Commissioner Brajesh Mishra had invited the representatives of ‘Kishanganj Education Movement’ for talks at District Collectorate on the dharna day.
Maulana Asrarul Haque, the leader of the ‘Maha Dharna’ asked the MLAs of Kishanganj (Dr. Jawed Azad), Kochadhaman (Akhtarul Imaan), Bahadruganj (Tousif Alam) and nearby Uttar Dinjapur district of West Bengal to proceed for the talk with Commissioner. The talk ended with positive note, and the Commissioner promised to resolve the land transfer issue within 30 days. Hence, it is the duty of Bihar Government to provide the required land to AMU VC on or before November 12, 2011. As per the inputs from the key members of Kishanganj Education Movement and Bihar Government the contiguous land has been identified as per the demand of AMU VC. So we can hope for a possible solution before the stipulated time.


However, still the people keenly following the issue of AMU for past 3 years have doubt in their minds and intention of careless Bihar Government. On October 12, 2011 after the talk the Bihar Government hadn’t given anything in written to the representatives of ‘Kishanganj Education Movement’ about the transfer of land in 30 days. In fact, media reports had published two different deadlines, some said it is 30 days and some said it 45 days. While asked to MP Kishanganj (the leader of the Kishanganj Education Movement), he had said the given timeline to Bihar Government is 30 days. Maulana Qasmi is highly optimistic about the given timeframe as the DM Kishanganj and his officials are giving proper attention to the land transfer issue.
Now coming back to the main point, if the Bihar Government fails to meet its promise, what should be the course of action on November 13, 2011? While calling off the dharna on October 12, 2011 Maulana Asrarul Haque declared in case Bihar Government doesn’t meet its promise, then he and his team will again sit on indefinite fast ‘Bhook Hartal’ in front of District Collectorate from November 13. We should hope for the best and expect a proper solution of the land transfer issue before the given time. If this doesn’t happens, the declared 13th November dharna will be the step ahead for the cause of AMU, but assembling such a huge crowd of 2 to 3 lakh is not at an easy job. Fact is that, the ‘Kishanganj Education Movement’ hasn’t planned anything special to face the critical situation till date.

Being a journalist, an old boy of AMU and a native of Kishanganj, Bihar, I have keenly followed the matter for past two years and always carry the dream to see the Special Centre of AMU in Kishanganj. Working under a committee called as AMU Centre Co-ordination Committee for the establishment of AMU Centre Kishanganj, I along with my team had met with AMU VC several times and top leaders of Bihar including Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan to find out the solution of land transfer issue. However, Bihar Government apart from giving illogical statements against AMU VC and Centre did nothing to establish the centre in Kishanganj. When our committee and the local lost hope for the centre in Kishanganj, all decided to organize a massive protest against Bihar Government in Kishanganj.

My friendly suggestion to the leader and representatives of the ‘Kishanganj Education Movement’ – it should once again send a reminder to DM and Bihar Government to resolve the issue well before the given time ‘November 12, 2011’ to avoid any type of chaos among the people of Kishanganj, Seemanchal, other parts of Bihar and nearby Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal.


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