Arjun approves special grant of Rs 48 Cr for AMU

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Union Minister for Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh has decided to give the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) a special grant of Rs 48 crore for construction of two hostels, each to accommodate one thousand girls and one thousand boys.

The decision was conveyed to Vice Chancellor Professor P K Abdul Azis who yesterday attended a meeting called by the Ministry here to take stock of the situation on the campus before reopening of the University.

AMU had been closed last month following violence trigerred by the murder of a university student.

The Minister said the CPWD would be asked to prepare a detailed plan and estimate of the construction.

Besides the VC, the meeting was also attended by Mr R P Agarwal, Secretary MHRD, and Mr Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary.

In the meeting, the efforts made by the University to remove the illegals occupants and overstay in the halls of residence and the decision of faculty wise allotment of rooms to the students was appreciated.

The University has been advised to hire top quality professionals, private security and strengthen the proctorial staff by re-training them within shortest time.

The MHRD has promised security support from the District Administration, Aligarh.

The Vice Chancellor informed the meeting of the University schedule to re-open by November five. The Engineering and Medical Colleges will be opened first. The details of schedule will be announced very soon.

The MHRD wanted an active grievances redressal arrangement for greater interaction with the student community, an AMU release said.


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