Pending for seven years and failing to get assent of two former Governors, The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University (Amendment) Bill 2007 has finally been passed by outgoing Governor Aziz Qureshi.
The approval to the amendment bill will not only provide minority status to the Rampur-based private university, promoted by cabinet minister Azam Khan, but also make its de-recognition process difficult. Azam had repeatedly criticised the Governor’s House for not giving assent to the bill.
Sources said Qureshi gave his assent to the Bill on July 11.
National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions had granted minority status to the university in May last year but Governor B L Joshi, who quit office last month, had withheld his approval to the bill.
“The bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly as well as Legislative Council seven years ago. I got it examined and even took the opinion of Advocate General. All its merits and demerits were discussed and it was found that everything was in order.” Qureshi told The Indian Express.
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The Governor then added that he had given his assent for “looking into the merit of the case”.
The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Act, 2005 to establish the university had came into force on September 5, 2006 during the regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav and would now be amended as “The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University (Amendment) Act 2007 after the latest Gazette notification.
* Declare the university to be a minority university”
* Increase the permanent endowment-fund from (existing) Rs 10 lakh to Rs two crore”.
* The inquiry with respect to the mismanagement or violation of the provisions of the Act would now be conducted by a committee headed by a retired judge, who will be supported by two members. Earlier, the inquiry was to be conducted by an inquiry officer or authority appointed by the state government.
* Instead of two-third majority of the members of both Lower and Upper House of the state legislature, now notice for de-recognising the university can be brought by a three-fourth majority of the members of the Houses of State Legislature.