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Inspection: Education Minister M.A. Baby visiting the proposed site for the Aligarh Muslim University centre near Perinthalmanna on Thursday.
Inspection: Education Minister M.A. Baby visiting the proposed site for the Aligarh Muslim University centre near Perinthalmanna on Thursday.

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AMU team to inspect site for off-campus centre next week

MALAPPURAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby visited the proposed site for an off-campus centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at Chelemala, near Perinthalmanna, on Thursday. A delegation from the AMU, led by Vice-Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis, will visit Chelemala on Wednesday o inspect the facilities at the site.

Mr. Baby said the locale provided an ideal academic ambience. He directed the officials concerned to expedite the land acquisition work.

The State government plans to acquire 394.76 acres at Chelemala for the university centre. The proposed land is in the possession of 420 people. Three land-holders have already surrendered 12 acres of land. “Such volunteering is rare. It is perhaps for the first time in Kerala that people have surrendered their land even before we started the process of acquisition. It is an excellent sign,” said M.C. Mohandas, District Collector, who accompanied the Minister.

He said the government had set a target to take over at least 150 acres of land by next month. “We can do it if we go ahead with the task as a team,” said Mr. Mohandas.

The AMU is setting up special centres in five States across the country, including Kerala. Malappuram district was chosen in Kerala considering its low enrolment ratio in higher education. The other places identified are Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Pune in Maharashtra, Murshidabad in West Bengal and Katihar in Bihar.

The opening of special centres is projected to be a landmark in the history of AMU. The special centre is expected to go a long way in addressing the social and educational backwardness of the district.

The institution has proposed the centre to be an off-campus replica of the university. It may establish a medical college, dental college, engineering college, law school, business school and various departments depending on the needs of the region.

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