In sharp contrast to the Centre’s attitude, Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar has extended support for the development of the campus. It temporarily functions out of two buildings, provided by the state government. These buildings are used as Academic Complex, Administrative complex, library and hostels for the boys and girls. Nitish government also made available 224 acres of contiguous land – again free – for the construction of a permanent campus. The land is located on the bank of Mahananda river.
AMU, a central university under an Act of parliament, set the Kishanganj campus with an aim to carry forward the legacy, inclusiveness and pluralist cultural ethos of the varsity. Its setting up was part of efforts to make education accessible to the educationally, economically and socially backward communities. Incidentally, the Seemanchal area of Bihar, comprising of Purnia, Katihar and Kishanganj districts, is underdeveloped and inhabited by Muslims in large numbers.
“It is regrettable that the choking of funds towards the AMU Kishanganj has become a minorities issue. AMU is a central university and ignoring an issue related to 22 per cent of the population is our mahabadkismati (great tragedy)’, and certainly not good for Hindustan,” said Razi Ahmad, secretary of Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Patna. Even otherwise, education has become a tamasha (farce) both at the Centre and states, Ahmad rued.