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UP Minister to visit Gulf to raise funds for Rampur University

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, July 5 (UNI) With decks cleared for setting up the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, state Urban Development Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan today set out for Gulf countries to raise funds for the controversial venture.

The proposed university, a brain child of Mr Khan, had courted controversy following objections from the Congress and the BJP over his attempt to install himself as pro-chancellor for life.

With Governor T Rajeshwar Rao earlier withholding his assent to the related Bill, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government decided to allow it to come up as a private institution.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Khan said the Bill for the proposed university met with a step-motherly treatment from the Governor, who gave his assent to the Amity University Bill readily but withheld it in his case.

Replying to a question, he said though it was a minority institution, it will prefer quality over religious or any other consideration.

''It will be a unique university. Though the focus will be on promotion of Urdu and Persian languages, the institution will also pay substantial attention to other subjects,'' he said.

The University, which is to start functioning from the next academic session, will have an engineering college, faculty of humanities and a nursing institute.

It will also have a mosque with a capacity of 5000 people.

Mr Khan said the Governor had slapped stiff conditions for setting up the university including an endowment of Rs two crore.

'' I have to manage funds from all possible quarters and that is why I am going to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to seek help from my friends and well-wishers,'' he said prior to his departure.

UNI NAZ/SKS SI PC1910

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