Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers Association (AMUTA) has welcomed the move by Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA), Government of India to sanction a grant of Rs 100 crores and 99 lakhs for the construction of boys’ and girls’ hostels at the University’s off-campus centres in Malappuram (Kerala) and Murshiddabad (West Bengal).
“With this grant, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be able to fulfill the need for adequate residential facilities for students at the Malappuram and Murshiddabad centres,” said Prof Najmul Islam, Secretary, AMUTA pointing out that the off-campus centres in Kerala, West Bengal and Bihar have been facing a severe financial crisis, which prevented the University from constructing hostels in these centres.
Expressing gratitude to the Minority Affairs Minister, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for the grant; Prof Islam said that it is hoped that the Government of India would also favourably consider a similar request for the financial support for the off campus centre in Kishanganj, Bihar.
The funds for the amount sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, the flagship program of the Ministry Minority Affairs (MoMA) were released on the proposal submitted to the ministry by AMU Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor.
The Vice Chancellor said: “Since AMU off-campus centres have been facing student accommodation problems, it was decided to pursue MoMA on the matter. We are grateful to the ministry for yielding the desired results.”