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Role of Maulana Mazharul Haq in the rebuilding of Bihar

Patna: Vice Chancellor of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic and Persian University of Patna Dr. Muhammad Shamsuz Zoha said here in a one-day seminar held on the occasion of Bihar Day, which is being celebrated in the whole state on the eve of first centenary of formation of Bihar as a separate state, that since the very beginning Bihar has been the land of high culture and civilization and soofis and saints who spread the message of peace and human brotherhood in the whole world. He said that today when 99 years of Bihar’s formation have been completed and 100th year has just started, centenary celebrations are being held in the whole state at official as well as people’s level. He said that on this occasion we want to pay tributes to this great crusader of country’s freedom, architect of the nation and true son of Bihar, Maulana Mazharul Haq whose active political life had started with the formation of Bihar as a separate state.

He said that formation of Bihar as a new state had taken place on 22 March 1912. Before that Bihar and Bengal formed one united province but in this united province people of Bihar were ignored educationally, economically and politically and from employment point of view. For higher and quality education Bihari people had to go to Calcutta or other big cities and provinces. Hence Maulana Mazharul Haq, who considered education most important and essential for progress and prosperity of the country, demanded the formation of Bihar as a separate and full fledged province alongwith its separate legislature, executive and judiciary as well as a university. Dr. Shamsuz Zoha said that this University set up and named after him is a living memorial to him and is benefiting those students of socially and economically backward sections of society whose access to higher and technical education was extremely limited.

Prof. Shamshad Husain, former Vice-Chancellor of this University was the special guest at this function and in addition to him there were many other intellectuals who presented their papers and views on the ‘role of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic and Persian University in the educational movement of Bihar’. At the end there were cultural programmes in which boy and girl students of the university exhibited their talents and faculties.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 18

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