Raj Thackreys of AMU
They cried in unison when notorious Raj Thackrey and his henchmen started rioting against poor north Indian migrants in Mumbai and its adjoining areas. It appeared as if we were all against regionalism and its ugly politics. The fact, as it may seem so, is different. We all react as per our need. We all speak for our interest. It happens, at least in AMU.
AMU is an institution, which manipulates the sentiments of Muslims, to further its personal interests. It fortifies itself in the name of so-called minority character when it comes to accountability. But it actually works to cater to the whims and fancies of those who control the wealth of AMU that runs into billions of rupees.
Here is one such example.
Just a few days ago, AMU convened its meeting to formulate admission policy for 2009-10. It decided to replace Pune with Hyderabad as its one of the entrance tests centres for 2009. This is apparently because Pune failed to attract good number of students this year. The choice of Hyderabad , which already has two central universities, could be understood with a large Muslim population. The idea may have been to attract students from a different culture and background.
But the most surprising element is the addition of Lucknow as one of the test cetres from next academic session. The choice of Lucknow could have been rejected for two reasons.
Firstly – Lucknow 's proximity to Aligarh . Students from Lucknow may not face much problem in coming to Aligarh for the test.
Secondly, it already has good academic institutions/universities.
Having said this, I do not find any reason to oppose the centre in Lucknow . If AMU can afford to conduct tests at as many centres it can, then it should do it. There are underprivileged students everywhere. Even in Aligarh , where AMU has not yet been able to reach out.
But I could not find any reason why Patna has not been able to figure out in the new list. Patna should have been the test centre for following reasons.
Bihar is one of the most backward states in terms of infrastructure and availability of good academic institutions. Academic sessions in most of the universities in Bihar and Jharkhand are running late by six months to one year.
Bihar/Jharkhand has the potential of some of the most talented students in the country. Many of whom make out in the list of IITs and AIIMS. Why don't AMU reach out to those students?
The states also have large Muslim population.
Students, especially women students, from these states face a lot of problem in coming to Aligarh for the entrance test. Traveling and lodging are the main obstacles.
Also, the first generation learners and those who do not have any contacts in Aligarh are entirely left out. I have personally faced such problem. My initial days at Aligarh was a horrifying experience for me.
Those who oppose Patna being a test centre may give two reasons.
Firstly, Kolkata is one such test centre. Let me tell you, it hardly makes any difference for some one to travel from Muzaffarpur or Hazaribagh to travel Kolkata or Aligarh .
Secondly, one may argue that Patna is notorious for leaking entrance papers. This would be an ostrich like approach. Instead of strengthening the system, should we abolish the entire process?
Even the IIM and AIIMS papers were leaked in New Delhi . And just this month, the entrance paper of railway exams was leaked in Lucknow and the kingpin of this racket was arrested in Kanpur .
So should we ban these places? It is for the AMU authorities to make their system fool-proof and corruption free.
Therefore, I see no reason why Patna has not been added as the new test centre. One reason, that I could imagine, is sheer regional bias in the minds of some of the bigwigs who run the institution with their whims and fancies. And even those, who play dirty politics in the name of representing Bihar , would not open their mouth to raise genuine demands. They wear the mask of regional identity when it helps them serve their own interest.
How far can we go? Do we have a heart?
It is not new that AMU authorities are behaving like Raj Thakrey, the author has pointed out very rightly that Patna should have been made an examination centre for AMU, admissions, I do remember the days when Mr Sayed Hamid was VC of AMU, he had deducted 10% marks of the students from Bihar seeking admission with the perception that students in Bihar get higher marks due to unlawful means during their examination, at the first instance he challenged a system ,and secondly he kept poor students from Bihar away from the admission process, there in no logic in not making Patna a centre for examinations for the admission at various courses , these authorities are more dangerous than Raj Thakrey. This is their birth right to do all sorts of malpractice during admission, probably they are afraid that if Bihar’s are given fair chances all seat will be filled by those poor but meritorious and hard working students .
The issue is not the examination centre , the issue is the mind set(myopic approach) of the AMU, authorities, they never try to improve the boarding and lodging facilities in their campus in the name of bringing equality among students from different walks of life. They are biased and Hippocrates .
Dr A Ahsan