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Assam too looks for AMU Campus, Education

Guwhahti: A meeting of around sixty prominent educationists and community leaders including MLAs and MP at Hotel Ambarish here hled on 2 July has decided to organize a National Conference on Minority Educationa in Northeast under the aegis of AMU. The gathering lauded the initiatives taken by the present Vice Chancellor of AMU Prof P K Abdul Azis in repositioning the university as national model for promoting the educational aspirations of the minorities in India. The meeting was convened by the Dhubri MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal who has also put the proposal to set up an AMU Centre in Assam.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr Mohammad Shabbir, Dean, Faculty of Law and Member-in-Charge, Legal Affairs of the University. Addressing the meeting, he said that being a Central University of international repute, AMU intends to establish a strong bond and an enduring academic linkage with minority-managed educational institutions and to create a networking environment so that the synergy created could be of immense benefit to the educational institutions in India. AMU is thus mandated to carry out extensive work of specified nature all over the country for educational and cultural upliftment of the Muslims.

Eminent scholar Dr Baharul Islam presented a background paper on the initiatives of the present VC of AMU under Sec 5(20(c) of AMU Amendment Act. He stressed the need to rejuvenate the Aligarh Movement initiated by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and to start afresh a new educational revolution in India. The meeting decided to organize a National Conference on 'Minority Education in Northeast India' in collaboration with Aligarh Muslim University.

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal stressed the need to hold such conferences to bring in all the stakeholders at one platform and prepare them for a collaborating and affirmative action plan. Educationists from across the region will be invited and it is expected that NGOs and leaders of minority community will attend the conference. He assured to co-sponsor the conference by AJMAL Foundation.

The meeting also discussed the need of setting up a Centre of AMU in Assam. Mr H R A Chaudhury, a member of the AMU Court from Assam, raised the demand to set up such a centre in Assam. Maulana Ajmal has written to the Vice Chancellor of AMU as well to the Prime Minister, Minister for HRD and the Chief Minister of Assam to propose a 'Special' Centre of AMU in Dhubri, one of the most economically backward districts in the country. (M. Burhanuddin Qasmi)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2010 on page no. 17

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