The much hyped AMU center which was to be set up at Bihar’s Kishanganj area for the upliftment of the minority community is yet to become functional even after eight years as both UPAII and BJP governments fail to allocate funds for the project.
Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily
PATNA — Eight years have passed by since the decision to establish Aligarh Muslim University’s Centre in Bihar’s Kishanganj area for minorities was taken. But little has been done to make it functional. The funds needed for the project is yet to be set by the centre. Thereby, neither teaching nor non-teaching staff have been appointed for the proposed AMU centre.
According to sources, the government had not even allotted the required land for the project. Several protest by local activists who even sat on a hunger strike and blocked the roads and railway tracks compelled the government to grant the land needed for the project. Now that the land is available but the cost for setting the infrastructure is yet to be set, has made the activists to begin another agitation on February 9 at Kishanganj itself. Their prime question being – Why are the funds not being provided and why the B.Ed classes have been discontinued with?
Akhtarul Iman, former MLA from Kishanganj’s Kochadhaman constituency, who has been spearheading the movement, while talking to Caravan Daily, said, “Murshidabad and Malapurram’s Aligarh Muslim University Centers have been provided with buildings worth 38 crores and the required staffs. But here at Kishanganj center, neither the infrastructure has been set nor have the staffs been appointed. The Congress overlooked it by not providing funds during UPAII regime and now the BJP government is not providing funds. Nitish Kumar, who talks about special status for Bihar is yet to utter single word for the AMU center.” Iman is also the president of All India Majlis Ittihadul Muslimeen’s Bihar chapter.
Speaking about his demands, he further added, “We are demanding for the funds to be provided for the Kishananj AMU center so that the infrastructure is set in accordance with the notification. All the classes should commence and the faculties needed to conduct the classes should be provided. As per notification, all the facilities needed should be made available to the centre. Seemanchal (Kishanganj, Araria, Katihar and Purnea) is the most needy and poor area. Such a centre will be definitely beneficial for the minority community.”
The protest for the Kishanganj’s AMU Center is being organized under the aegis of Kishanganj Education Movement. Wasiqur Rahman, President of Kishanganj Education Movement, elaborating on the AMU centre’s condition said, “The centre has been provided with land, but the building is yet to be built. Centre hasn’t released a single paisa for this project. Around INR 10 crore had been borrowed from AMU’s main branch to fence the area. Eight main budgets have passed since the decision to open AMU center had been taken. But no budget allocated funds for the AMU’s Kishanganj center. We have since then been protesting for it. We held many protests. Now, we have again decided to go on hunger strike to raise movement for the same demand.”
Accusing the AMU Kishanganj Center’s director, Rahman said “Earlier, Classes for the MBA and B.Ed were being held but now the admission for B.Ed has suddenly been stopped. There are 60 seats for the MBA course, 12 students took admissions for the course this year. But only 7 students are attending the classes. The center’s situation is degrading day by day. The day to day functioning of the centre is being done from a minority hostel. This is a conspiracy to do away with the project. It’s being done with the consent of AMU centre direction Nehal Rashid in association with some Jaiswal from BJP unit of Kishanganj.”