Murshidabad is the 9th largest populated district in India which has around 80 lakhs population. Once it was the capital of undivided Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. Even after seven decades of independence, the Murshidabad district is still deprived of a single university. The district has very low literacy rate (only 66.59%) in comparison to the national (74.04%) and state (76.26%) average literacy rate.
Already 22 state and central universities are there in West Bengal and the Education Minister of West Bengal has announced of establishing six more universities here. And once again the people of Murshidabad are deprived of higher education although the students and residents of Murshidabad are demanding for a university since years.
In a press meet at Press Club, Kolkata, SIO WB State President Osman Gani said “The legitimate demand to set up a full-fledged University is the need of the hour. SIO will organise a 10 days long campaign in demand of a full-fledged university in Murshidabad .We are going to hold West Bengal Assembly March on 21st Nov, 2017 against this selective discrimination and educational deprivation. The demand for a university in Murshidabad is the long term aspiration of about 80 lakhs people in the area and it is at the verge of explosion.”
It is further reported by the organisation that in the past 70 years after independence, educational and economic condition of Murshidabad is still not improved; it is one of the backward districts of India till now. 30 years of congress government, 34 years of Left government and the present TMC government led by Mamata Banerjee did not consider for this genuine need of the people of Murshidabad. We expect that our honourable Chief Minister will come forward to establish a full-fledged university in Murshidabad.