17-MAY-2018: AMU Vice Chancellor releases 'Aligarh Muslim University, Moving towards Global Academic Leadership'
Aligarh, May 17: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor on the occasion of completing one-year in office today released 'Aligarh Muslim University, Moving towards Global Academic Leadership', a report on achievements and developments in the university which took place in the past one-year.
The hard and soft copies of the report were released during a special function at the Conference Hall of the Administrative Block.
Prof Mansoor has expressed satisfaction on the progress saying that it has been a ?fulfilling year? for the University, but there is no resting on achievements. He pointed out, ?we need to continue the good work as improvement is a continuous and gradual process?.
"Besides having been recognized as one of the top public universities and given category II autonomy by the University Grants Commission, AMU has initiated a slew of academic, developmental and student-centric initiatives," said the Vice Chancellor adding that the University has got a grant of Rs 30 crores for constructing a new research scholar hostel and 20 crores for College of Nursing.
Prof Mansoor informed that AMU has revised syllabi and curricula in all departments to meet the demands of the industry and new initiatives of learning. "AMU intends to start several new sought-after academic programmes including postgraduate courses in Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian and German and courses like M Voc, MDS (Pediatrics)," he said.
The Vice Chanecellor discussed that the last one-year was full of activities ranging from holding of series of national and international seminars, symposia and conferences to bringing of laurels by the faculty in the form of awards and sanction of research projects. "Sir Syed Bicentenary celebrations and holding of Annual Convocation were the most salient events the University undertook during the last one year," said Prof Mansoor.
"The M Tech courses in Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology have received accreditation by NBA, whereas the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of the University has been ranked 9th in NIRF ranking," pointed Prof Mansoor. He further shared that the NIRF has also ranked AMU as the 10th best Indian University, while Emerging Economies University Ranking, the Times Higher Education, UK has placed AMU at 5th place among Indian universities.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of AMU has received a tremendous fillip as its Cardiology Centre, Assisted Reproductive Technology Unit in the Department of Gynaecology and the District Early Intervention Centre has been made functional while a Low Vision Aid Centre and a Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery project has been initiated at JNMC, said the Vice Chancellor.
He added that the intake of several courses including PhD, LLM, BALLB, MD (Pathology), MD (Radiotherapy) and undergraduate programmes in Women?s College has been increased. Prof Mansoor?s special interest has paved the way for the establishment of Institute of Pharmacy, a College of Nursing and a Paramedical College in the University soon.
The University has put premium on placement of students and more than a thousand students of the University have been offered placement through Recrufest and other campus placement drives in which national and international companies like HDFC, Wipro, L&T, Voltas, TCS, Mahindra, Hero Motors, Tata Steel visited the University.
An institution?s standing is also gauged through its reach among students on global scale. The AMU has signed memoranda of understanding with world-class universities and institutes of higher learning including the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali Brunei, International Islamic University Malaysia and Massachusetts General Hospital, Somerville, USA.
In order to transform itself into a Green campus, AMU has also made notable advances in energy conservation and generation of solar power, while at the same time playing an active role in Namami Ganga Mission Project of the Government of India.
In addition to this, various departments and centres of the University have received extension in their different programmes including DRS, CAS and DST projects, supported by the UGC.
On infrastructure development front, the University has augmented a number of construction, renovation and expansion projects including Women?s College Auditorium, new academic block at Faculty of Law, expansion of University Guest House, construction of new residential blocks, air conditioning of JNMC library, renovation of Dialysis Unit and inclusion of five new horses in the Riding Club. Sixty-eight classrooms have been transformed into Smart Classrooms while the seating capacity has been increased in the PG Hall of Maulana Azad Library and construction of a new Examination Centre in JNMC is underway.
To strengthen and upgrade its school education system, the University has undertaken extensive construction and maintenance activities. The construction of a new primary section of AMU ABK School (Boys), construction of three new classrooms and renovation of old ones in Abdullah School, construction of Chemistry Lab and extension work at the Sayyid Hamid Senior Secondary School, construction of administrative block, meeting hall and computer lab in Senior Secondary School (Girls) and renovation work at AMU City Girls? High School are in progress.
On ICT development front, AMU has undertaken a massive LAN upgradation project while at the same time 400 new computer units with Core i5 and i7 enabled processors have been included. The progress of a University is also measured through the achievements of its students and faculty members. The University Drama Club and the Debating and Literary club teams won the National Championship at the 33rd All India Inter University National Youth Festival held at Ranchi and North Zone Championship at Ambala. Besides this, a number of literary and cultural programmes including Filmsaaz, Ensemble, Innovatia and Art Niche were organized by the different clubs of the Cultural Education centre.
In sports, the AMU Roller Skating Junior Hockey Team won 55th National Roller Skating Championship at Kurukshetra, while its Roller Skating Hockey Team won championship as 2nd runner up in the All India Intervarsity Roller Hockey Event at Chandigarh.
AMU students have also made their presence noticed at the innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation events such as ROBOCON, AUV Challenge, Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rashtrapati Bhawan and Formula Racing Car event at Coimbatore and won prizes for their innovative projects.
Prof Tabassum Shahab (Pro Vice Chancellor), Prof Javaid Akhter (Registrar), Prof S M Jawed Akhtar (Finance Officer), Prof Asfar Ali Khan and Prof Abdus Salaam (OSDs to Vice Chancellor?s Office), Deans of various faculties, Principals of all University colleges, Chairpersons of various departments and other teachers were present on the occasion.
Prof Mohammad Rizwan Khan conducted the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.
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