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AMU team for Murshidabad Special centre moves to its destination

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 11:37:16 PM, Special Correspondent

AMU VC (centre) looks on as Prof Ashhar signs the documents before leaving for Murshidabad

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Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis in a brief function held yesterday evening bid farewell to the team proceeding to AMU Murshidabad Special Centre. Prof. Azis handed over all the documents relating to the AMU Murshidabad Special Centre to the Officer on Special Duty, Prof. M. M. Ashhar.

Addressing the gathering of University officials Prof. Azis said that it is another milestone in the way to broaden the arena of Sir Syed’s dream and expand the great legacy of AMU to spread modern education throughout the country. The overwhelming response the University is receiving from different states of the country bears testimony to the fact that AMU credentials as a secular and modern education is well recognized across the nation. The passion and reverence with which the AMU team was received and welcomed at Malappuram, Murshidabad and Kishanganj shows that the initiative has ignited the hopes and aspirations of the people of the region irrespective of cast, creed and religion.

Prof. Azis urged the OSD, Prof. M. M. Ashhar and his team comprising Assistant Controller, Mr. Seraj Ahmad Qadri and Section Officer of General Section Mr. M. Mubeen Khan to work with a sense of diligence and dedication in carrying forward the great legacy of Sir Syed in the heartland of Murshidabad.

Prof Azis said that the West Bengal Government has made headway in this direction and deposited the required amount in the Water Resource Ministry, Government of India so that the Farakka Barrage land is transferred to AMU soon to enable it set up its Murshidabad Regional Centre.

In order to fulfill its commitment the proposal of starting MBA and BALLB programmes as an initial step was placed before the Academic Council on June 9, 2010 which was unanimously approved. The President of India in her capacity as the Visitor of AMU has already approved the West Bengal and Malappuram centres under Statutes 12(2) and the Government of India has also allocated Rs. Rs. 25 Crore and released the same for the Murshidabad Centre.

The University has already engaged the services of Educational Consultancy India Ltd. (EDCIL) for preparing Detailed Project Report. It is also under the process of wider consultations both outside and within the campus to set in motion a foolproof strategy for establishing world class state-of-the-art education facilities including a legal framework that protect the stated objectives of the University.

The efforts are in the anvil to lay a blueprint for establishment of a highly vibrant and modern centre of higher learning. To meet this end the University is sending Prof. M. M. Ashhar, Department of Civil Engineering as Officer on Special Duty (Administration) at Murshidabad Special Centre. He will be exercising general supervision and control over the affairs of the Centre and work under the directive of the Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Ashhar, while accepting the responsibility, said that he will not let any stone unturned in accomplishing the job to put the Murshidabad centre at work. He said that he was aware of the great responsibility he has been entrusted with.

The visiting team will stay in the vicinity of the proposed site at Murshidabad to accelerate the pace of evolving the centre into an educational hub of substance.

The OSD and his team will be reaching Murshidabad today and hence a great step forward towards making qualitative education available at a region in West Bengal where it is needed most.


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