- PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap University to be built next to AMU on Tuesday
- CM Yogi Adityanath went to Aligarh to take stock of preparations, BJP leaders had demanded
- Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh was the President of the first Provisional Government of India established in Kabul in the year 1915.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap University to be built next to AMU on Tuesday. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Modi will come to Aligarh on Tuesday to lay the foundation stone of the university to be established in the name of Raja Mahendra Pratap. Earlier, CM Yogi Adityanath went to Aligarh and took stock of the preparations.
The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, ‘PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh tomorrow (Tuesday). He will also see the exhibition model of Aligarh node of UP Defense Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.
Yogi went to Aligarh to take stock of the preparations
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Aligarh on Monday to take stock of the preparations for the Prime Minister’s program to be organized in Lodha area of the district. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma said that by establishing a State University in the name of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the State Government was paying tribute to the great personality who spent three decades of his life in exile fighting for the freedom of India.
Dinesh Sharma told that Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh was also the President of the first Provisional Government of India established in Kabul in the year 1915. That government was formed with the help of the heads of various Afghan tribes and the heads of state of several countries, including Japan.
BJP leaders demanded to change the name of AMU
Counting the achievements of the government, Dinesh Sharma said that the Yogi Adityanath government has established 11 new state universities in the state during the last four years. In the year 2014, some local BJP leaders demanded that Aligarh Muslim University be renamed after Raja Mahendra Pratap. His contention was that the king had donated the land for the establishment of AMU.
The matter arose when the lease period of 1.2 hectares of City School land under AMU was expiring and the legal heirs of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh did not want to renew the lease period.
University to be built next to AMU
An AMU spokesperson said that although the issue was largely resolved last year, when AMU officials proposed to rename the city school after Raja Mahendra, some technical hurdles had to be overcome in the matter. The work is still in progress.
This university will be built in an area of more than 92 acres of Lodha and Moosepur Karim Jarauli villages of Kol tehsil of Aligarh. 395 colleges of Aligarh division will be connected to it.
PM Modi to visit Aligarh (File)