November 11, 2014
WB CM inaugurates new campus of Aliah University at New Town
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the New Town campus of the Aliah University today. The university has been set up under the aegis of the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, Government of West Bengal.
Aliah University carries forward rich heritage of the 229-year old educational and cultural institution, Mohammedan College of Calcutta, popularly known as Madrasah-i-Aliah or Calcutta Madrasah, the first educational institution set up in India in 1780 by Warren Hestings, the then Governor General of India.
Many eminent scholars were associated with this institution as administrators, principals, teachers as well as students. Calcutta Madrasah was upgraded to Calcutta Madrasah College and then to Aliah University by the Government of West Bengal through Aliah University Act.Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, who is also in charge of the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, during 2011-12, had allotted 20 acres of land for Aliah University campus at Rajarhat, construction work of which had started with a sanction of Rs 236 crore.
Here is what the Chief Minister said:
We are celebrating 126th birth anniversary of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad today. This new campus of Aliah University at New Town has been built in 19 months.
For good work we include all representatives irrespective of their religion. In this Rajarhat we have Eco park, Financial hub, Wax Museum and now we have universities also. New campus of Presidency, Xavier’s along with Vivek Tirtha modelled on Chicago University are under construction.
In three years if we could do this much, given few more years imagine how much more we can achieve.
The university will have hostel facilities for 1400 male students and 800-900 female students. Students who have passed from this university can proudly proclaim that they have graduated from here.