New Delhi, 12 Aug. 2021: A delegation of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Tuesday visited the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, UP under the leadership of Malik Moatasim Khan, JIH’s community affairs secretary, to know the ground situation at the university.
After meeting the university authorities, the delegation called on district collector Ravindra Kumar Mander and briefed him about the actual situation. “The Muslim community is very backward in education, and the university that has come up in Rampur is for the benefit of all the communities. But administration’s actions, particularly at the time of admissions, create awe and fear among the students that has resulted in a decline in the strength of the students in the university. This is a matter of concern for the community. The Muslim community, particularly its women, is very backward in education. They can benefit from the university, which is just on the city’s outskirts, if it runs properly. A university does not belong to any community. It is a different thing who runs it. It is a national asset. Every community can benefit from it,” the delegation told the collector, requesting him to ensure that no harm is done to the buildings of the university that have been built with investments of hundreds of crores of rupees. The delegation told the collector that the main issue pertained to the land, which the government could solve in the interest of education. The government should show its large-heartedness. Even if some the government land has been included in the university, the government should either allot it to the university or claim its compensation. But demolishing the buildings or taking steps that lead to the closure of the university is not justified.
The collector, who listened to the delegation with rapt attention, assured that the administration would not go ahead with demolishing the buildings. As for court cases, he said these have to be decided by the courts only, and the rest by the authorities at higher levels in the government.