Even as a tussle is on between the state government and the Anjuman-I-Islam Trust, which runs Ismail Yusuf College in Jogeshwari, over the issue of control on the institute, Minister of State (MoS) for Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waikar Friday proposed to convert the campus into an educational hub. The proposal, however, has not gone down well with the trust, and the college’s alumni have called for a press conference Monday to talk on the issue.
The trust and its alumni have planned a “mass movement” against the proposal and want the state to hand over its control to the trust.
During a meeting with Mumbai University and the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Friday, Waikar asked both to come up with a proposal to set up an educational hub at the college and form a five-member committee to work on the plan. “Since there is not a single government engineering college in the western suburbs, the state government aims to set up one at the Ismail Yusuf College. The idea is to improve infrastructure on campus and add institutions and streams to turn it into an education hub,” said the minister.
According to the state, an educational hub will imply that the college will have engineering, architecture, hotel management and pharmacy colleges. A case filed by the alumni, challenging the state’s control over the college and around the 54-acre land, is pending in the Bombay High Court. According to the alumni, philanthropist Sir Ismail Yusuf had donated Rs 8 lakh to the then governor of Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1914 to establish a higher educational institute for Muslims, after which the then government bought the plot for the purpose.
“As the trust has a stake in it, we are entitled to nominate 20 per cent students at the entry level. Through a court order, we plan to press for restoring the college to the trust. The campus belongs to Muslims and for the purpose of their upliftment, and it should be handed over to the trust,” said one of the trustees.