With the state government sitting tight over proposal to give no-objection certificate (NOC) to Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur, the expelled Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan, MLA, has now decided to launch engineering college from the same premises.
Caught in political web the university has been awaiting NOC for the last five years. Khan’s dream project was launched during Mulayam Singh Yadav regime in 2005.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday Khan said “after submitting rules of the university to the Higher Education department recently, we were hopeful to get the NOC, but there is so far no positive response”.
Sources in the department said there was no decision on the issue. In fact the state cabinet is to give nod for NOC.
“Hence after consulting with community the Jauhar Trust, which controls the project, has decided to go ahead with establishment of Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar College of Engineering and Technology”, Khan said.
The trust on Tuesday completed the formalities for permission with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in Delhi. The trust has also approached UPTU for recognition. The admission will start next month.
Khan, now a bitter critic of Yadav, would not hesitate in inviting the Chief Minister Mayawati inaugurate the college.
“I will invite her for the opening and there is no harm if she gets political mileage”, Khan said, adding, “Even I will help”.
But on joining the BSP, he said, “there is no such issue”.
After 2009 Lok Sabha election Khan, who campaigned against Jaya Prada in Rampur, was expelled and since then he has been sailing his lonely furrow.
Spread over in an area of nearly 250-acre land in Rampur, the proposed university has already 30,000 square meters constructed area. “This is against the mandatory requirement of 24000 sq meters”, Khan said.
The university was ready for commencement of session in 2007 but for internal political bickering in the Samajwadi Party, the rival group succeeded in holding back the NOC.
“It is a great loss to the Muslim community”, Khan said.
The project was caught in political controversy right from the beginning. Initially the Bill was passed as the state-sponsored university. But the then Governor TV Rajeswar objected to the proposal to make Khan as its life-long Chancellor. Later it turned into a private university. Khan rushed to complete the project to start the session but could not get NOC from his own government.