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Jamia Urdu

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Apropos the report on the installation of the new regime in Jamia Urdu, Aligarh, permit me to say that the change-over from Anwar Saeed to Abad Hasan Khan (Saba Khan is only a dummy) is like jumping from frying pan to fire.

Abad Hasan Khan’s nominees were all included by the Dy. Registrar of Societies, Agra, in the electoral roll, in my view, on questionable premises, for the election held for the posts of office-bearers. Obviously, the Abad Hasan Khan group then captured all posts. Its nominees for Secretaryship of the Society-cum-Registrarship of the Jamia Urdu have now been installed by the local administration. She is a sister-in-law of Abad Hasan Khan.

The transfer of power does not mean any real change. Abad Hasan Khan was not involved in the original take-over of the Jamia Urdu by Anwar Saeed in June-November, 1997 when the original Constitution of 1983, on the basis of which the General Body of the Jamia Urdu was reconstituted only in 1996 was not just amended but, with the collusion of the officials, virtually abandoned and replaced by a new one. He was later brought by Anwar Saeed as support in the physical struggle for distribution of the income of the Jamia Urdu. Apparently he and some other members of his group were made life members (a new category!) on payment of Rs. 100,000/- each. Whether any donation was made and, if so, who paid the amount still remains a mystery and a matter for probe by the I.T. authorities.

In any case a triangular contest for power went on from 1998 to 2002, between Anwar Saeed, one of his original supporters Usman Khan and the later draftee Abad Hasan Khan. In the two elections of 2003, Anwar Saeed managed to pull through but this time his luck failed. But the struggle for power will continue; Anwar Saeed has already filed a writ against the electoral list and the election.

The Jamia Urdu has fallen from graceful heights to disgraceful depths. Its academic credibility is at the lowest ebb. Its certificates are being rejected. It has no Chancellor or Pro-Chancellor, Vice Chancellor or Pro-Vice-Chancellor since 1997. Who will agree to accept these honorific posts from a body of soldiers of fortune? Moreover Jamia Urdu is no longer a registered society in its own right but only one of the educational institutions run by the Jamia Urdu Society, under the 1997 dispensation. Indeed the 1997 Constitution has no provision for the ‘superfluous’ past. The Secretary/Registrar would do!

It was a one-man show since 1997; it has remained a one-man show.
Jamia Urdu’s future lies in restoration of the pre-1997 Constitution or in being placed in the custody of a group of Urdu experts to nurse it back to health with the mandate to frame a new Constitution, form the General Body and hold election.

Syed Shahabuddin

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