Saturday, February 17, 2007

Muhammad Ali Jauhar University to begin functioning from Rampur: After AMU, finally a major Muslim educational institution comes up in UP

Professor Iqbal Husain Khan has taken charge as the first Vice-Chancellor of the ambitious Muhammad Ali Jauhar University Rampur.

Khan resigned from a Chicago University to join the Jauhar University. He has been associated with Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia in the past.

The building of the Muhammad Ali Jauhar University is under construction. The session would start from July 2007. It has been the project of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who had a confrontation with Governor over the establishment of the university.

The Engineering College is under-construction at the cost of Rs 15 crore and the building is near-completion.

The foundation for hostel has been laid as well.

Apart from Engineering, some other courses including law classes would start from July and preparations are in full swing for the same.

Mohammad Ali Jauhar University would be the first major Muslim university to come up in North India after independence.

Nearly a 1000 workers are busy in the construction work. A mosque, Masjid-e-Umar that will have space for 7000 persons to pray simultaneously is also being constructed.

Muslim populace in Uttar Pradesh and many business houses have generoulsy contributed for the fund. Initially, there was scepticism about the project but if the University begins to function, Azam Khan is surely going to gain clout.