Mulayam, Akhilesh heap high praise on Azam Khan
Uttar Pradesh Urban Development & Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammad Azam Khan’s pet project, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, finally saw the light of day when it was inaugurated by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh in Rampur on Tuesday. Besides lavishing rich praise on Mr. Khan and applauding him for his firm resolve and single-minded devotion, Mr. Singh described the inaugural function as a historic occasion.
The setting up of the university had encountered several hiccups when the project was conceived in 2006 when Mr. Singh was the Chief Minister with the then Governor, T.V. Rajeswar, withholding assent to the University Bill. More trouble lay in store for Mr. Khan when the BSP Government was formed in 2007. Several criminal cases ranging from land grabbing (for the university) and intimidation were filed against the Urban Development Minister.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was the chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering on the university campus, Mr. Singh recalled that he had laid the foundation stone of the university in 2006. He expressed happiness that the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University has been inaugurated by him. He lauded the contribution of the Ali brothers, Mohammad Ali Jauhar and Shaukat Ali in the country’s freedom struggle.
In his address, Mr Akhilesh Yadav said that all efforts would be made for improving the educational standards of Jauhar University, and added that there would be no dearth of facilities for the students pursuing higher education in the institution.
He also lauded Mr. Khan for showing a firm resolve in ensuring that the university project saw the light of the day.
Mr. Yadav inaugurated a state-of the-art observatory named after the legendary astronomer Aryabhatt. Built at a cost of Rs.28.5 crore, the observatory had been named after Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar by the Mayawati regime. Its name was changed to Aryabhatt at the behest of Mr. Khan, who belongs to Rampur.