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Educational activities to start soon in MANUU’s campus in Sambhal

New Delhi: Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad, Prof Muhammad Mian said in Delhi on 14 October that educational activities in MANUU’s campus at Sambhal (UP) will soon begin. He said that Al Kareem Society in Sambhal has gifted a 7 acres piece of land for MANUU’s campus at Sambhal where building work has already started. He said that in the first stage College of Teachers Education will be started in this complex at Sambhal and he hoped that in the next session education for B.Ed course will also begin. He further said that thereafter Polytechnic, ITI, Girls College, Model School and other short term professional courses will also be started. Speaking about this campus he said that popularisation and spreading of education among deprived people is among the priorities of this University (MANUU) and setting up of MANUU campus in Sambhal is one of the important objectives in this direction.

Meanwhile, MANUU’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Khwaja M. Shahid along with Delhi’s Regional Centre’s Director, Dr Shahid Parvez inspected 17 acres of land in Noh (Mewat), which the Haryana government has allotted for MANUU campus here (in Noh). Pro VC Dr Khwaja Shahid also met local MLA, Aftab Alam and other people and assured them that here also MANUU’s educational activities will be started soon. Incidentally, it may also be stated that the University’s Model School and sub-regional centre has already been set up here in Noh.

Meanwhile, taking credit for MANUU’s regional centre in Sambhal, the area MP, Dr Shafiqur Rahman ‘Barq’ said in a press conference at Sambhal on 15 October that the establishment of MANUU’s campus in Sambal is the result of his efforts for which permission was given by the then union education ministers Arjun Singh and M. A. Fatemi in 2004. He said that he and Nadeem Tareen, a social worker and businessman had requested these ministers to approve a campus / centre of MANUU in Sambhal for the education and welfare of minority community people of Sambhal for which recently an allocation of Rs 50 crores had been made. Contradicting the claim of UP’s minister of state Nawab Iqbal Mahmood that on his (Iqbal Mahmood) recommendation the state government had gifted Urdu university’s campus in Sambhal on the occasion of Eiduz Zuha and for this the state administration has promised to allot 50 acres of land, S. R Barq said that the claim of the minister of state is totally baseless because the state government has nothing to do with this university because MANUU is set up by the central government and setting up any campus or centre of this university is in the hands of the central government. He said that recently he had met union minorities affairs minister K. Rahman Khan and demanded a special package for the welfare of minority population of Sambhal. He said that even before Sambhal, this University (MANUU)’s first campus had been set up in Darbhanga (Bihar) and construction work of Sambhal centre or campus at Muradabad Road is in progress. He said that in this centre BA, LLB, Engineering, Mass Communication etc courses will be taught in the initial stages. He further said about the Sambhal campus that courses of Diploma in mass communication (Urdu), Diploma in Engineering BA, MA and B.Ed are already being taught since 2006-07. Nadeem Tarin Educational Society’s secretary Mushir Khan also said that MANUU’s sub regional centre in Sambhal is working since 2006-07. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2013 on page no. 15

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