Mumbai: All India Milli Council has
requested the Maharashtra Government to act swiftly on a
promise made by the Centre and set up a regional branch of
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in the state.
Speaking to PTI, Council General Secretary M A Khalid
said in the last year`s budget Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee had announced to open five campuses of AMU - in
Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress, which heads the ruling coalitions at the
Centre and in Maharashtra, has not yet taken any concrete step
to fulfil a promise made by its own leaders, he said.
The Council members, who have been persuading the
government authorities to start AMU branch in Maharashtra, had
to take the RTI route to find the status of the AMU campus,
According to the RTI reply dated April 23, 2010, there
was no proposal by the State Government to start a branch of
the centuries-old prestigious varsity, Khalid said.
Interestingly, non-Congress ruled states have been
prompt to act on the proposal. Left-ruled West Bengal, Kerala
and Janata Dal (United)-led Government in Bihar have already
implemented the Centre`s directive, a move which will help
hundreds of Muslim students, Khalid said.
In Kerala, the CPM-led Government has allotted land
and provided necessary infrastructure to start AMU branch in
Muslim-dominated Mallapuram district.