Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav will inaugurate Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur, on September 18. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will be chief guest at the function.
Urban development minister Mohammad Azam Khan, who is also the chancellor of the university, said that Mulayam during his previous regime had laid the foundation of the university on September 18, 2006 and now he would inaugurate the institution exactly six years later. The university was established as a private educational institution by an act in 2006. Even though Khan after hectic efforts succeeded in construction of the building during the last five years, it could not be inaugurated because of governmental hurdles during the Mayawati regime. Situated on the outskirts of Rampur, it is indeed a dream project of Khan.
Initially the then Yadav government had planned it as a government institution but after the denial of permission by the then governor T Rajeswar, Khan decided to establish it in private sector. Even now a proposal is pending with the Raj Bhavan for granting minority status to the university. The state government has, however, made a budgetary allocation of Rs 10 crore in current fiscal year for the university. The SP had also made a promise in its election manifesto to remove all legal hurdles to start the university. The party had also promised to establish a medical college in the university.
During the Mayawati regime, the project was inordinately delayed and even local authorities had demolished walls of the university. Spread over an area of 300 acres, the university would offer education in almost all faculties. Khan said the session would start from this year onwards. He said all preparations had been made for the commencement of the session. Khan said the university aimed at providing multi-disciplinary research and provide education at a level of excellence that a few universities could match. He said attention had also been given for the development of sporting facilities on the campus. Khan said September 18 would be historic day in the history of Rampur, which lagged behind in higher education over the years.