Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan’s Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur has refused to accept any condition regarding what functions to be held at a proposed pandal — permanent in nature — to come up in the campus.
The pandal was first proposed by SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had last year asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to get a it constructed for cultural activities at the campus.
The proposal was accepted and the government sanctioned the first instalment of Rs 2 crore of the total Rs 12.36 crore. It, however, set a condition that the pandal has to be made available for government functions.
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University Registrar R A Qureshi, in a letter to Special Secretary (Culture) Ram Vishal Mishra, has expressed concern over attaching pre-conditions for giving grant to construct the pandal (a type of auditorium) in the campus. Qureshi’s letter stated: “Officials with anti-Muslim mentality, who do not want to see children of poor Muslims studying, want to destroy the university.” He added that that “no condition will be accepted for receiving the grant”.