AMU to set up school for riot-affected children

LucknowAMU will set up a school in a Muslim-dominated area but admissions will be open to children from other communities as well. Express archive

For the children of riot-hit families who could not resume their studies as a result of displacement, the Aligarh Muslim University has decided to set up a school in Muzaffarnagar.

The university, through donation from its students and teachers for the celebrations on the occasion of Sir Syed Day in October 2012, had collected Rs 55 lakh, all of which will now be used in setting up the school.

AMU vice-chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah told The Indian Express that although the school

will be set up in a Muslim-dominated area, admissions will be open to children

from other communities as well, in much the same way as AMU. The V-C said they would be collecting donations equal to the amount collected for Sir Syed Day to open the school.

Sources said that university had earlier planned to develop houses for the

riot victims, but it changed

its decision as giving houses to Muslims could trigger controversy with allegations on AMU of being biased towards a particular community, the officials felt before deciding on setting up a school.

"An educational institution is a place where children from all communities come together and become friends. The University will make the best use of the money collected for the riot victims," Shah said,

Shah added that once the school has been set up, it

will be handed over to a local society which will run it and look after it.

As for the land to set up the school, the university plans to ask for it from the locals once normalcy has been restored in the region, Shah informed.

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