Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is in the process of setting up English medium intermediate colleges on the lines of Christian missionary schools in every district of Uttar Pradesh. Like Christian missionaries, these schools will be open for all but will have reservation for Muslim students.
The first such school will begin functioning from August at Jaula village in Muzaffarnagar district, which had witnessed communal riots in 2013. Advertisement for appointment of teachers has already been published.
The schools will be recognised by Central Board of Secondary Education and will be managed by 129-year-old organisation — All India Muslim Educational Foundation — patronised by AMU.
“We have decided to set up one school in every district. These will be on pattern of schools run by Christian missionaries. I felt the need for such schools after my three-year experience as the vice-chancellor,” AMU V-C Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah said.
“There is no point in opening engineering colleges and other higher institutions till our students are competent enough to earn their admissions in these institutions. We have to empower our students and equip them so that they can get admissions in higher institutions,” Shah added.
The V-C claimed that these schools will be secular, where students from all religion can study but there will be some reservation for Muslims.
For setting up the schools, Shah has revived All India Muslim Educational Foundation founded by Sir Syed in 1886. The organisation was lying in a defunct so far. This society has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sir Syed Education Foundation, which is headed by the AMU V-C, and will be responsible for daily functioning of the schools.
The Sir Syed Education Foundation already runs Aligarh Public School. “While AMU will only keep an eye, these two organisations will manage the functioning of the schools,” Shah said, adding that funds will be arranged through donations and with help from well wishers.
In Muzaffarnagar, the land where the school has come up was donated. “We have received proposals from several districts where people want to set up schools under our guidance. Many more such proposals are expected in the coming months,” said the V-C.
Courtesy: The Indian Express