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Aurangabad will host India’s first skills varsity for Muslims

Initiated by Aurangabad Central MLA Imtiaz Jaleel belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), and four team members from Pune, this will be the first national university of its kind in the country.

pune Updated: Aug 04, 2018 16:08 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The task force has chalked out 20 faculties, which will include environmental sciences, social sciences, management studies, interfaith studies, engineering and technology, oriental medicine, paramedical studies, law, education, media studies, music, fine arts, fashion technology and cosmetology, among others.(HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)

Aurangabad is all set to get the country’s first National Skills and Vocational University for Muslims on 100 acres of land with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore pledged by the state government.

Initiated by Aurangabad Central MLA Imtiaz Jaleel belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), and four team members from Pune, this will be the first national university of its kind in the country.

In a letter dated July 19, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar directed Aurangabad district collector Uday Choudhari to identify 100 acres of land for this project. The minister also made an announcement in the state assembly on July 10 about the project approval.

AIMIM MLA Jaleel said, “The state government has cancelled the Haj subsidy which resulted in savings of Rs 700 crore for the government. We requested the government that the amount saved must be utilised for the empowerment and development of Muslims through the setting up of the skills university. Three land parcels on the outskirts of Aurangabad will be considered and a final decision on one of the lands will be taken at the earliest,” Jaleel told Hindustan Times.

Saleem Mulla, Maharashtra Wakf Liberation and Protection Task Force president, who is a team member of the Skills University Project said the project was initially planned for Pune. “However, due to litigation-related issues of wakf lands, it was decided to shift it to Aurangabad. The local administration in Aurangabad appears keen to set up the proposed university,” he said.

Mulla said the idea of a skills training university for minorities has been a long-standing demand and the matter was pursued relentlessly under the guidance of Jaleel and former chief commissioner of Income Tax, Akaramul Jabbar Khan. This led to principle approval for the university. This project will help empower the Muslim youth with much-needed skills for employment, he said.

Former chief commissioner of Income Tax Khan said the university is expected to enhance the employability and employment-generation potential of the muslim youth.

Task Force plan for Skills University

•Full-time programmes for about 30,000 students admitted to external, virtual and distance learning courses.

• The task force has chalked out 20 faculties, which will include environmental sciences, social sciences, management studies, interfaith studies, engineering and technology, oriental medicine, paramedical studies, law, education, media studies, music, fine arts, fashion technology and cosmetology, among others.

•A university hospital for the student community has also been proposed.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 16:07 IST