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AMU delegation meets Delhi Waqf Board Chairman

ALIGARH March 23: A three-member delegation of the Aligarh Muslim University yesterday met the Chairman, Delhi Waqf Board and MLA from Okhla, Mr. Amanatullah Khan and Chief Executive Officer of the Waqf Board Mr. S. M. Ali.

The AMU delegation, which comprised Chief Security Officer of Property, Maj. Arqam Khan, Property Officer Mr. Arif Ali and Consultant, Public Relations, Dr. Rahat Abrar, urged the Waqf Board Chairman to declare Sir Syed’s ancestral house, located near Daryaganj in Old Delhi area, as a heritage building and restore it to the Aligarh Muslim University. The delegation informed that the Aligarh Muslim University has plans to develop a museum in the house to pay tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, on his bicentenary birth anniversary falling on October 17, 2017. Sir Syed was born in this house on October 17, 1817.

The AMU delegation also requested Mr. Amanatullah to help in restoring the valuable property of the University located in the B Block section of the Connaught Place, which was donated by Mr. Hamid Ali Khan to the AMU on September 28, 1945.

The three-member delegation visited both the properties and interacted with the local residents. The Delhi Government has already christened the approaching road to Sir Syed’s ancestral Haveli as Sir Syed Ahmad Road.

The Waqf Board officials have assured the AMU delegation to first conduct a survey of the Waqf properties and then pave the way for transfer of these properties to the University.

Member of Legislative Assembly from Laxmi Nagar area, Mr. Nitin Tyagi, Member Executive Committee of the Waqf Board, Mr. Chaudhary Shareef Ahmad and social activist Mr. Syed Jawwad Razi were also present in the meeting.

It may be recalled that a high level delegation of the University, comprising the Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and Pro-Vice Chancellor Brig. S. Ahmad Ali, met the Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal on March 18, requesting him to help restore the University properties. The delegation had also urged the Chief Minister to allot a building to the Aligarh Muslim University for official purposes of the University.

Assuring all possible help from Delhi government, Mr. Kejriwal had directed the Waqf Board to take necessary steps in this matter.

(Dr. Rahat Abrar)

Consultant, Public Relations

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