Aligarh’s new university will be named after a freedom fighter; responds to local demand for 7 years from BJP: The Tribune India


Aligarh (UP), September 13

Seven years after the local BJP first asked to rename the AMU in honor of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, who donated the land to it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone on Tuesday for a new nearby university on behalf of the freedom fighter.

Modi is expected to arrive in the city to lay the foundation for Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.

Chief Minister Adityanath visited the scene on Monday to oversee preparations for the event in Lodha town, about 40 km from Aligarh district headquarters.

Controversy erupted in the district in 2014 when local BJP leaders demanded that Aligarh Muslim University be renamed in his name because “AMU was built on land donated by the late Raja”.

The problem first emerged as the lease for the 1.2 hectares of municipal school land, under AMU, was expiring and the legal heirs of the late Raja “were reluctant to renew it. lease”.

Last year, however, the problem was largely resolved when AMU authorities proposed to rename the school after the late Raja.

However, an AMU official told PTI on Monday: “There are some technical issues that still need to be worked out.”

The Prime Minister will also visit the Aligarh Node exhibit models of the Uttar Pradesh Defense Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.

The new university, which is to be named after the notorious freedom fighter who belonged to the district, also aims to meet a long-standing demand for a state university in the region. All colleges in Aligarh Division and some neighboring districts will be affiliated, the chief minister said recently.

It is set up over a total area of ​​over 92 acres at Lodha village and Musepur Kareem Jarouli village of Kol tehsil of Aligarh. Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh was a former student of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and was also the chairman of India’s first provisional government-in-exile established on December 1, 1915 in Kabul.

Belonging to the royal family of Mursan, he had left his home and family in Aligarh in December 1914 and fled to Germany and remained in exile for around 33 years as he was wanted by British authorities.

He did not return in 1947 until after India gained independence. He was elected to Lok Sabha de Mathura in 1957, then defeating candidate Jan Sangh Atal Bihari Vajpayee, running as an independent.

“Raja Mahendra Pratap is one of the most remarkable figures of the Indian liberation movement and his commitment to the cause of a secular democratic India makes him a giant of his time,” said Shan Mohammad, academic and renowned political historian.

“His commitment to the cause of secularism is comparable to that of Gandhi and Nehru. He fully deserves to be honored, but his legacy must be fully respected, ”he added. – PTI


Thelma J. Longworth

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