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Sunday, June 20, 2010 06:52:13 PM, Special Correspondent

AMU VC handing over the documents to the OSD Malappauram Special Center at his Lodge

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Aligarh: Vice Chancellor Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis in a brief function held yesterday evening flagged off the team proceeding to AMU Malappuram Special Centre. He has handed over all the documents relating to the AMU Malappuram Special Centre to the designated Officer on Special Duty, Prof. Mohammad Arif.

Addressing the gathering of University officials Prof. Azis said that it is a historic step in the direction of the expansion of Sir Syed’s dream and the great legacy of AMU to spread modern education far and wide. 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 moder n 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. Mohammad Arif and Assistant Registrar Mr. Ataat Husain to work with a sense of diligence and dedication in carrying forward the great legacy of Sir Syed in the heartland of Malappuram.

The Government of Kerala which has already acquired and transferred 122 acres of land to AMU in March 2010 and is likely to transfer 150 acres in Phase II by June 2010, had insisted to appoint a Nodal Officer to make the Malappuram Centre functional in the current session.

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 Rs. 10 Crore for the Malappuram Centre.

In the backdrop of all these positive developments the Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has taken concrete step to depute a two member team to Malappuram Special Centre. The two officers of the University will create the necessary facilities with the help of officers of the State and fully secure the land and facilitate the launching of two approved courses in temporary buildings. All these interim measures will continue as per the existing rules of the University and till the new ordinance were put in place.

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. Mohammad Arif, Department of Civil Engineering as Officer on Special Duty (Administration) at Malappuram Special Centre for a period of three months. He will be exercising general supervision and control over the affairs of the Centre and work under the directive of the Vice Chancellor. Similarly Mr. Ataat Husain, Assistant Registrar (Academic) will perform the work as Assistant Registrar at Malappuram.

Prof. Mohammad Arif is a senior faculty member of Aligarh Muslim University holding PhD from IIT Roorkee in structural dynamics with 26 years experience of teaching at AMU, Saudi Arabia and Roorkee.
The visiting team is headed by Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, AMU Registrar and comprising University Engineer Mr. Firoz Ahmad who will be back after overseeing initial arrangements while the OSD, Prof. Mohammad Arif and Assistant Registrar, Mr. Ataat Husain will stay back at the Malappuram Centre to accelerate the pace of evolving the centre into an educational hub of substance.

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





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