Patna: Fate of Aligarh Muslim University
(AMU) centre at Kishanganj hangs in balance with Bihar
government allegedly failing to provide a single plot of 250
acres to the AMU administration to open it.
Official sources said erstwhile AMU vice-chancellor P K
Abdul Ajij while informing the state government in 2008 of the
Centre`s decision to open the centre at Katihar had asked for
a single plot of land measuring 250 acres to 300 acres free of
cost to begin construction.
But the state government acquired the required land in
three separate pieces in Kishanganj district instead of making
available land in Katihar.
"Since the land being made available by the state
government is in three separate pieces at places along
Bahadurganj-Thakurganj road, located around 6 km to 7 km from
Kishanganj, the proposal has not been approved by AMU
administration," the sources said.
Bihar Human resource Development department principal
secretary Anjani Kumar Singh had in a letter to AMU VC had
justified the government`s stand and said the state cabinet
had already sanctioned the proposal to make available the land
for the centre.
``There are several universities which have many campus
far away from one to another, but here the state government
has arranged the land, though into three pieces, are close
by,`` he said.
A fresh controversy has erupted with the Minister for
Human Resource Development P K Sahi alleging that the AMU VC
was `doing politics` over the issue and had not obtain the
required sanction from President Pratibha Patil, who is
visitor of the university.