The recent removal of encroachments of Jamia land in Batla House (Khasra 68 in Okhla) is being termed as historic by Jamia fraternity.
After three-day of operation and external political pressure, Jamia has succeeded in possessing its land that for more than two decades was occupied by squatter and the credit for this goes to university Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad, a celebrated Earth Scientist and down-to-earth person, said university watchers.
For years Jamia fought the battle and at last won it but for years it was left occupied until the recent development of dismantling it under the leadership of Professor Ahmad, said sources, adding that in the last more than two decades the V-C Ahmad is the first one to take such a risk to get Jamia’s precious land freed.
Though the exact price of the land is not know, it is roughly estimated that the price could be somewhere between Rs 200 crore up because of its prime location.
And to celebrate the historic moment, Jamia teachers felicitated the V-C.
Members of Jamia School Teachers’ Association (JSTA) praised the leadership of the V-C.
In a letter to the V-C, Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) wrote: “We wish to bring on record your persistent and successful endeavours in gaining possession of Khasra number 68 of Jamia’s land that unfortunately over a period of time had fallen into the hands of unscrupulous encroachers and land grabbers. We heartily congratulate you on this grand success.”
Secretary of Jamia Administrative Staff Association (JASA) Wahabuddin wrote in a letter: “Heartily congratulations for commendable efforts to acquire a valuable property for Jamia Millia Islamia. This action is really memorable for all of us and on behalf of all members of JASA.”
JSTA secretary Haris-Ul-Haque termed the development historic.