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Muhammad Ali Jauhar University inaugurated

Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar University at Rampur the dream project of Muhammad Azam Khan, UP’s minister for urban development and minority welfare has at long last become a reality with its inauguration by Mulayam Singh Yadav on 18 September at Rampur when, while lauding Azam Khan for his firm resolve and single-minded devotion he described the inauguration of this University a historic event. UP’s chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was the chief guest on this occasion. Expressing his happiness over the inauguration of this University, Mulayam Singh praised the contributions of the Ali Brothers i.e. Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar and Shaukat Ali in the country’s freedom struggle.

Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh

It may be stated in this connection that though this university was conceived and its foundation stone was laid in 2006 when Mulayam Singh was the chief minister of UP, its construction and development was held up for such a long time because of the non-cooperative attitude of the then governor T. V. Rajeshwar, probably at the instance of the Congress-led central government. It faced more difficulties and even hostile attitude when a year later the Mayawati government came to power in UP. A number of criminal cases against the chief architect of this university, Azam Khan on some pretext or the other were filed so much that some portions of the proposed university which were already built were demolished. In spite of all those difficulties, however, the university became a reality, though after a considerably long time.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav while speaking on this occasion said that everything possible will be done to make this educational institution of world standard and for this all modern facilities, educational, technical and technological requirements will be provided so that this university could maintain its special identity. Azam Khan while speaking on this occasion said that today he is extremely happy because today his long cherished dream had materialised.

Almost all the state ministers along with many other important dignitaries were present on this occasion.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 4

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