Amended Bill on Urdu University tabled in Assembly

LUCKNOW, MARCH 17. After failing to get the nod of the Governor, T.V. Rajeswar, for setting up the Urdu University, the Uttar Pradesh government today tabled an amended Bill in the Assembly seeking to sugarcoat the proposal by remaining silent on the controversial proposal to make Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan its pro-chancellor.

The new Bill provides that the University at Rampur will be set up under a private trust whose president will be the pro-chancellor of the institution.

The previous Bill provided for nomination of Khan as its pro-chancellor for life which had triggered a controversy with the Opposition and Congress which supports the Mulayam Singh government from outside opposing him in the post.

Today's bill had no mention of Khan.

The Bill also dropped the word `Maulana' from the name of the university.

The Bill entitled `Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Bill 2005' was tabled in the House by Minister for Minority Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi.

Later speaking to newsmen, Khan said as the Congress had reservations over the use of the word Maulana, it has been removed from the new Bill.

Congress Legislature Party Leader Pramod Tewari, who was also present there, however, refuted Khan's observations and said that he regrets the exclusion of the word `Maulana'.

Khan accused the Congress of `cheating' the Muslims since independence while Tewari alleged that Samajwadi Party government was not interested in setting up the university but in creating an issue or else it would not have been adamant on making Khan its pro-chancellor for life. -- PTI

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