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Published On:22 May 2012
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AMU alumuni raise doubts over timing of TCN report, say JN Medical College victim of university officials' apathy, not Central government


By Danish Ahmad Khan


The recent report highlighting the messy situation in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University published on US-based News Portal TwoCircles.net titled "JNMC of AMU: Victim ofshameful discrimination of Central Govt." has raised the hackles of some of the alumunis. The timing of the report and the alleged  role of some of the important officials of the JN Medical College has raised doubts and is being seriously questioned.


The TCN report was published on May 17, 2012. The report authored by Mumtaz Alam Falahi pointed out: "What is it if not grave shameful discrimination and apathy of Central Government towards minorities and their institutions? Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital in the heart of the National Capital has only 600 beds but it got Rs 283 Crores as annual fund from the central government for the year 2010-11. The hospital got a hike of 12% for the next financial year 2011-12 and got Rs 322 Crores. Now take the case of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital (JNMC) of Aligarh Muslim University. Despite having twice the number of beds (1150) compared to RML, yet JNMC got just Rs 2 Crores in the corresponding periods. This is not all. JNMC is one of the Central Government funded hospitals in the country. But compared to other hospitals it is the victim of state neglect for years. It is not that it is a dead hospital and patients are not visiting and so the government is not taking interest and left it to die natural death. No, JNMC in fact is the busiest hospital in, rather health backbone of Western Uttar Pradesh. Every year four to five lakh patients visit the hospital. JNMC, which is working in the Faculty of AMU since 1962, has today 1150 beds and functions as secondary referral hospital. It provides tertiary level care to poor patients (85% underserved population) not only from Aligarh but adjoining districts like Rampur, Moradabad, Bareilly due to lack of any government Medical College in Western Uttar Pradesh. Every year in last three years, 4-5 lakh patients have visited the hospital."


The veracity of the report has not been doubted as much its timing. Some of the claims made in the report might be true, but the "shameful discrimination and apathy of Central Government towards minorities and their institutions" as alleged in the report has been outrightly rejected by some of the alumunis. The aluminis have questioned the motive and timing of the report in their recent posts on the Yahoogroups forums 'Aligarh Network' and 'The Aligarh Forum'.


Ehtasham Khan, who completed his MA in Journalism from AMU in 2000, writes in his post on Aligarh Network, May 18, 2012: " Some say I always find negativism in AMU. But what can I do if I see so much filth there. The TCN story describing the messy situation in JNMC shows two letters apparently obtained through RTI. I congratulate Mr Pervez who thought of filing this RTI; may be due to the poor condition visible in JNMC. He performed his duty.  But what about the responsibilities of JNMC Principal Mr Ashraf Malik and Finance Officer Yasmin Jalal Beg? Is it required to file RTIs to obtain such information? It is their duty to make these things public. Mr. Malik and Ms Beg were hand-in-gloves with the then corrupt Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis. They campaigned all along for the Special AMU Centres while neglecting the urgent requirements in AMU. Some people are equally responsible of all the corrupt practices during the Azis regime. Ms Beg’s role is also part of the CBI investigations. I am mentioning this because the TCN story exclusively shows the letter written by Mr Malik and Ms. Beg to the government. The letters are dated January-February 2010. We are now living in May 2012. So why these letters found way in news stories now?"


Ehtasham Khan further writes: "The reason is not very difficult to understand. The regime has changed. So new permutations and combinations are emerging. Everybody wants to fit in the new power structure. Interestingly, the process has started from those who were already in power during the erstwhile corrupt regime. The basic question is what did the previous regime do to get more funds for JNMC. What did Mr Malik and Ms Beg do? They were so busy with getting the Special Centres approved that they did not find time to see whats happening in AMU. Just writing letters do not get you funds. You have to fight for it. Did they campaign for this at all possible forums? Did they share this problem when they were shuttling between Delhi and Aligarh while hobnobbing with the HRD ministry? Did they ever raise this issue with the alumni? The issue of Special Centres was politicized at the highest level. But did anybody use the political platforms to get more funds?"


Another alumuni, Dr. Mohsin Raza, Co-moderator of The Aligarh Forum, writes in his post: " Some enthusiastic voices are calling for PROTEST against the discrimination of JNMC getting a peanut of grant compared to other equivalent Hospitals.This is not for this year only. It regularly happens for years...Why a strong demand was not raised? Why the matter was not raised in EC? Why delegations from AMU Faculty of Medicine & Hospital did not try meeting the Delhi authorities. To start with Protests are not the answer to any problem. The vultures watching the scenes will immediately exploit, hire the students and many saleable individuals & create disturbances at the Campus.This matter should be handled by those at the helm of affairs & involvement of the students will defeat the ends. Let the matter be handled by the new administration. The new admin is  not even 48 hrs old. Let protests not spoil the milleau interior of AMU. Yes..... the Academic Council, EC and AMU Court constituents should stand accountable who voted for the establishment of remote centres & neglecting the home."


Central Govt. discrimination or AMU officials' apathy?


As things stand now, the TCN report and the counter allegations by Ehtasham Khan and Dr. Mohsin Raza have exposed the current goings on in the JNMC of AMU. The TCN report has rightly pointed out the continued discrimination by Central government towards JNMC vis-a-vis other hospitals in the country. But the moot question being asked by the alumunis is why this report has been published now, and not much earlier, when the JNMC had been facing discrtimination for the past two years. Being a community portal, the TCN shoud have published the report and highlighted the issue much earlier instead of giving voice to those who play politics more instead of working for the welfare of the AMU.


The post by Ehtasham Khan has made things even more apparent. Why blame the Central government for all the ills that Muslims are facing in India, when they unashamedly choose to play politics with their own institutions. Now that Lt. General (Retd.) Zameeruddin Shah has taken over as the new Vice-Chancellor, the same corrupt JNMC officials are trying to find ways on how to fit themselves in the new power structure and extend their corrupt practices.


Poor Academic Standard


Recently, an AMU alumini Ahmad Subzwar in "An Open Letter to incoming Vice Chancellor of Aligarh MuslimUniversity" posted on Aligarh Network and published by Indian Muslim Observer  had raised several pertinent issues presently confronting AMU, such as poor academic standard, in-breeding and factional fights, which are typical hallmarks of Muslim-managed institutions.


Ahmad Subzwar in his post wrote: "As you may be aware that the academic standards of the university are declining day by day... The number  of students qualifying in the civil services,  and state level exams  are also dwindling every year. Presently we have a strength of 28,000 students and  it is a matter of great  shame that not a single student qualified for civil services exam this year. Similarly the percentage of students qualifying the NET/GATE is also abysmally low. Very few reputed companies come for campus placement in our engineering college/ Management faculty, and most of our boys gets placement in some obscure companies of Ghaziabad, Noida etc. We have failed to introduce new courses like metallurgical engg, Mining engg, nanotechnology,  which are in great demand in the current market scenario. Morover we have failed to revise our syllabus as a result of which our students are finding it difficult to get a decent placement."


Regarding the serious issue of In-breeding, Ahmad Subzwar wrote: "In breeding  has assumed alarming proportions in our Alma Mater. Presently Mediocre inbreeders comprise approx 95% of teaching faculty , and this  is the root cause of the poor academic standards. Faculty members  should be appointed on merit,and faculty positions  should not be dished out as rewards for sycophancy. Some people on this network tried to justify inbreeding on the ground of dynastic politics prevalent in the country, but this  argument is not tenable because in politics , we at least get an opportunity to remove a person after every five years , whereas a mediocre faculty member  once appointed cannot be removed, and by the time he retires he has  destroyed  two generations of students. Previously inbreeders used to enter through the back door (Leave vacancy/Adhoc appointment) ,  now they have devised a new route (Guest Faculty). There are many instances where the entire family including the sons-in-law and daughters-in-law are  on the university roll. The sorry state of affairs in Medical college, where even the university staff avoid getting treated  is solely due to inbreeding.  It won't be wrong to conclude that AMU has been HIJACKED by Inbreeders.The saddest part is that nobody in the campus whether it is AMUTA, Old boys association, Court, EC, Technical staff association , would raise this issue as everybody is having his own pie and are enjoying it. "


Way Out


Instead of crying hoarse over Central government discrimination, AMU officials and others who have some kind of association with the university are to be primarily blamed more for the current messy state of affiars in the university. There should be more focus on highlighting corrupt practices of officials of Muslim institutions, instead of always laying blame on the Central or State governments. It is only then things would drastically improve.


Presented below are the Posts by Ehtasham Khan and Dr. Mohsin Raza:


JNMC of AMU: Victim of AMU, NOT Govt.


ASAK,


Some say I always find negativism in AMU. But what can I do if I see so much filth there. The TCN story describing the messy situation in JNMC shows two letters apparently obtained through RTI. I congratulate Mr Pervez who thought of filing this RTI; may be due to the poor condition visible in JNMC. He performed his duty.  But what about the responsibilities of JNMC Principal Mr Ashraf Malik and Finance Officer Yasmin Jalal Beg? Is it required to file RTIs to obtain such information? It is their duty to make these things public.


Mr Malik and Ms Beg were hand-in-gloves with the then corrupt Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis. They campaigned all along for the Special AMU Centres while neglecting the urgent requirements in AMU. Some people are equally responsible of all the corrupt practices during the Azis regime. Ms Beg’s role is also part of the CBI investigations.


I am mentioning this because the TCN story exclusively shows the letter written by Mr Malik and Ms. Beg to the government. The letters are dated January-February 2010. We are now living in May 2012. So why these letters found way in news stories now?


The reason is not very difficult to understand. The regime has changed. So new permutations and combinations are emerging. Everybody wants to fit in the new power structure. Interestingly, the process has started from those who were already in power during the erstwhile corrupt regime.


The basic question is what did the previous regime do to get more funds for JNMC. What did Mr Malik and Ms Beg do? They were so busy with getting the Special Centres approved that they did not find time to see whats happening in AMU. Just writing letters do not get you funds. You have to fight for it. Did they campaign for this at all possible forums? Did they share this problem when they were shuttling between Delhi and Aligarh while hobnobbing with the HRD ministry? Did they ever raise this issue with the alumni?


The issue of Special Centres was politicized at the highest level. But did anybody use the political platforms to get more funds?


Anyway, Mr Perwez has brought up the problem in public domain. We should be thankful to him.


This is the area where AMU alumni can contribute positively. I will personally take it up at the highest level in the government.


May I request AMU Court members to raise this issue at different levels and speak to some Parliamentarians.


This problem should be raised in Parliament at the ongoing session. Since Mr Md Adeeb, an AMU alumnus and Member of Parliament, keeps track of AMU related networks, he should also take note of it.


The condition of JNMC has deteriorated considerably in the last few years. It needs urgent intervention. We should all do whatever possible.


Ehtasham Khan
MA-Journalism 2000
New Delhi


{Posted by Ehtasham Khan (Email: k.ehtasham@yahoo.com) in AligarhNetwork@yahoogroups.com on Friday, May 18, 2012 12:42 pm}


WHY JNMC matter is raised at this moment ?? why not earlier...INTENT


Some enthusiastic voices are calling for PROTEST against the discrimination of JNMC getting a peanut of grant compared to other equivalent Hospitals.This is not for this year only. It regularly happens for years...Why a strong demand was not raised? Why the matter was not raised in EC? Why delegations from AMU Faculty of Medicine & Hospital did not try meeting the Delhi authorities.


To start with Protests are not the answer to any problem. The vultures watching the scenes will immediately exploit, hire the students and many saleable individuals & create disturbances at the Campus.This matter should be handled by those at the helm of affairs & involvement of the students will defeat the ends. Let the matter be handled by the new administration.


The new admin is  not even 48 hrs old. Let protests not spoil the milleau interior of AMU. Yes..... the Academic Council, EC and AMU Court constituents should stand accountable who voted for the establishment of remote centres & neglecting the home.


Is it that majority of members are seen watching  at the face & body language of the presiding Officer in appeasement.


Dr Raza 
Co moderator


{Posted by Mohsin Raza (Email: drmohsinraza1@yahoo.com) in TheAligarhForum@yahoogroups.com on Friday, May 18, 2012 10:30 pm}


[Danish Ahmad Khan is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com]

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