25-NOV-2016: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) recently signed five MoUs with Automotive Industry Partners at the 2016 Visitor's Conference held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Honorable President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee facilitated these MoUs.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) along with Registrar, Professor Javaid Akhter; Principal, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, Professor M M Sufyan Beg; Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation (CARET), Dr M Saad Alam and Co-coordinator Centre of Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation (CARET), Dr Yasser Rafat attended the Visitor's Conference, where these MoUs were signed.
AMU has signed these MoUs with Mahindra and Mahindra, Hero Eco Group of Companies, EV Motors Pvt. Ltd., Go Green EOT and Indian Smart Grid Forum (ISGF). AMU was signatory to the second highest number of MoUs in the Conference, which saw a total number of 67 MoUs in between educational constitutions and industry partners.
Meanwhile, at least one of the industry partners immediately offered to support two AMU PhD students for relevant research activities for a period of three years. These PhD students will receive a cumulative grant of INR 50,000 per month after the approval of PM scholarship.
During the inaugural session of the conference, the Honorable President of India and HRD Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar emphasized the role of higher education in the development of the country and laid the vision for reforming the higher education in India. One the occasion, the President of India also released the 'Students Start up Policy Hand Book'.
The afternoon sessions were devoted to emphasize the significance and to promote the Industry- Academia Collaborative activities. Talks were delivered by eminent Personalities followed by the address of the Honorable President of India on the importance of the Innovative Research and Industry Institute Interactions in achieving the world class education status.
Mr N R Narayana Murthy, ex-CEO of Infosys, in his talk stressed on the creative ways of teaching and learning to nourish the intellect and skills of the students and stated the drawback of conventional method of teaching in very strong words. The 'Prime Minister Scholarship' was also brought to mention by the HRD officials, where the Industry Partner and the Government of India will jointly provide the monetary support to PhD students.
The Visitor's Conference, an initiative by the Honorable President of India is held annually at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This conference is a focal point for the Vice Chancellors of all the central universities, Directors of all IITs, IIITs and NITs with a vision to enhance the Quality of Higher Education in India at par with Premier Universities around the globe.
To further emphasize the importance of the Industry-Institute collaborative activities and Innovative research based teaching and learning approach, Gen Shah will address faculty and students at the Assembly Hall of Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology on December 1, 2016.