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Appeal to hand over historic school

The 166-year-old Madrasa-e-Azam collapsed in the last week of November.— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

The 166-year-old Madrasa-e-Azam collapsed in the last week of November.— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan  

Prince of Arcot offers to renovate Madrasa-e-azam school.

The Prince of Arcot has appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to hand over the historic Madrasa-e-azam school to Prince of Arcot Endowments, a statutory body.

According to a press release, the Government Madrasa-e-Azam Higher Secondary School for Boys, situated at Anna Salai, has collapsed, and is now supported by only six pillars, which increases the risk of damage to adjoining buildings.

The Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, has requested the State government to hand over the land and facilities of the historic school to the management of the Prince of Arcot Endowments, governed by The Prince of Arcot Endowment Act II of 1923.

The Prince, who is the direct descendent of the Founder of the Madrasa-e-Azam School, said his ancestors, the Nawabs of the Carnatic, had provided the land and buildings for the establishment and management of the school in the year 1849.

The purpose of this school was purely and solely to promote education, very largely, but not exclusively, of Muslim children, especially from poor and middle-class families, he said.

Several eminent personalities, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Moosa Raza, studied at the school, he added.

“The Prince of Arcot Endowments is ready to take up the reconstruction, renovation, administration, management and improvement of the school by spending a huge sum and restore it to its lost glory and relieve the State government of the burden and responsibility,” the press release said.

The number of the students had dropped “drastically from 2,500 to less than 150” and the pass percentage was “abysmally low,” the Nawab added.

The Prince pointed out that a sizeable piece of land, belonging to the Madrasa-e-Azam School, was already acquired by the State government for putting up a Quiad-e-Milleth Memorial in the year 2003.



The school is supported by only six pillars and could pose a risk to buildings nearby



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