Jauhar Bill: Azam Khan eulogises governor
AFTER SPITTING fire against Governor TV Rajeswar for nearly two years, Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan on Monday eulogised him for belatedly approving the controversial Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Bill. The private Bill for the establishment of the university in Khan?s hometown Rampur was pending with Raj Bhawan for over a year.Updated: Jun 20, 2006 01:04 IST
AFTER SPITTING fire against Governor TV Rajeswar for nearly two years, Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan on Monday eulogised him for belatedly approving the controversial Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Bill. The private Bill for the establishment of the university in Khan’s hometown Rampur was pending with Raj Bhawan for over a year.
Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, Khan, who as chairman of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust will also be lifelong chancellor of the university, said the trust had agreed to fulfill all the conditions put up by the governor. Earlier, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government had decided to set up the university with Azam Khan as lifelong pro-chancellor, but the governor had refused to approve the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Bill 2004 and it was sent to the President.
Thereafter, the State assembly approved another Bill in 2005 for setting up the university in the private sector. However, the governor had some objections to this Bill as well. Before clearing the Bill last Friday, he directed that the trust abide by the guidelines of the Supreme Court for private universities.
Khan said as against provisions of 50 acres of land, the trust had made arrangements for 110 acres and the target was 250 acres. He said land would be transferred to the university after notification of the Act. Referring to the condition that there must be 24,000 sq feet constructed area, Khan said 12,500 sq feet constructed area was already available.
In its decision, the apex court had sought Rs 2 crore endowment fee for private university. Since the governor wanted this condition to be fulfilled, Khan said Rs 1 crore would be deposited with the government soon and the remaining amount would be given as soon as possible.
Burying the bitterness of the past with the governor on the issue, Khan assailed the Congress for putting up hurdles in the plan. He said the Congress had always been opposed to education for the minority community. He said if the Congress could not cooperate in the matter, at least it should not hamper the project.
Referring to the Rs 25 lakh donation by Rampur MP Jaya Prada to the university, Khan said he had refused to accept the MPLAD fund, as it was required for development of the city.