Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said that he was impressed at the progress made by the University within a short span of 17 years. “I request you set up Study Centres of the University at all the district headquarters of Telangana State,” he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that his government was making efforts to provide 12 percent reservation to the Muslims in education and employment in. “We are expecting to achieve this objective by next year,” he hoped.
He dismissed the propaganda campaign being run by a section of the Press against Maulana Azad National Urdu University and said if there were any complaints they should be discussed with University authorities and resolved.
Speaking at the Eid Milan party organized on Monday by MANUU Employees Mutually Aided Cooperative Housing Society at the campus the Deputy Chief Minister said certain groups have approached him with petitions against the University but he has advised them to shed their negativism as the Institution of higher learning was contributing to the cause of promoting Urdu and spreading education. “Instead of making the target of destructive criticism help the university to consolidate and spread its work across all the Urdu speaking sections of the country,” he advised.
Referring to the complaint that there are more people in the University from the North than in the South, especially Hyderabad, he said that MANUU is a national university and its area of operation is the entire length and breadth of India. “Hyderabad is a big Metropolitan City with a rich tradition of inviting and allowing people from all parts of the country to work here,” he clarified.
Prof. Khwaja M. Shahid, In-Charge Vice Chancellor of MANUU, expressed regret at the low number of students from Telangana as compared with the other States. “We should work harder to create more awareness about the contribution of MANUU among the people of Hyderabad. The presence of low number of students in MANUU could also be the result negative propaganda being carried in certain sections of the media,” he said.
Mahmood Ali promised the employees that he would help them in setting up a housing colony in the vicinity of the University. “But I advise to you to follow up your proposal vigorously,” he said.
Dr M Junaid Zakir, Assistant Professor, Translation Department, introduced the chief guest while Dr M A Quddus, Secretary of the Society, explained the working of Mutually Aided Cooperative Society. Dr Mazhar Quadri conducted the programme and presented the vote of thanks.
Society functionaries and members such as R Srinivas, Shaikh Mohiuddin, Mohammed Pasha, Mohammed Zahed Shaikh, Abdur Rafique, Mohammed Imtiyaz, M A Shaukat Pasha and G. Ramachandra etc., actively participated in organizing the programme. (INN)