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Medical college for Muslim students within three years: Wakf Board Chairman

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‘Nursing college to start functioning from next academic year'

Namakkal: The response for fund collection for the proposed medical college for Muslim students has been tremendous, says Tamil Nadu Wakf Board Chairman Janab. Kavikko Dr. S. Abdul Rahman.

He was addressing reporters here after chairing a consultation with members of the board about the project.

According to him proposal to start the college as a joint venture with Jamia Misbahul Huda Madarasa at Mayiladuthurai required funds to the tune of Rs. 160 crore. There were two slabs for donors to make donations, he said.

Donation

By donating Rs. 10 lakh one could become a general body member of the college governing council while one could become a lifetime trustee with a donation of Rs. 5 crore, he said.

So far 450 persons have made a donation of Rs. 10 lakh each, while there are 12 lifetime trustees, he added.

People living abroad have also expressed interest in making the hospital project a reality, he said.

“We are determined not to collect any donation from the students and if things worked out as expected there would not be any requirement for the poor students to make even the required 10 per cent fees stipulated by the government”, he noted.

Dr. Rahman said that it would take another three years to launch the medical college but a nursing college would start functioning from the next academic year. The Chairman said a dental and paramedical college and colleges for traditional medication such as unani, siddha, homeopathy and yoga would be started in a phased manner.

As part of the medical college we would also be starting a multi facility hospital at Mayiladuthurai to render free medication to people below the poverty line, he added.

He expressed confidence that the medical hospital project would provide direct employment to 5,000 people and indirect employment to an equal number.

Keeping in mind the need to educate girl children we would soon start around five colleges for Muslim women that includes two law colleges and an engineering college. He also said that steps are in full swing to establish a branch of the Aligarh Muslim University in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Abdul Rahman said that encroached land worth about Rs. 300 crore belonging to the Board has been recovered from encroachers.

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