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Thursday, February 18, 2010 08:06:42 AM, ummid.com Special Correspondent
AMU VC PK Aziz with Dr. Fredrick Lawrence, Dean, Faculty of Law at George Washington University after signing the MoU
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Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) February 17 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the George Washington University Law School, USA that facilitate faculty members and PhD or SJD candidates from each other institutions to participate for a semester or two as Visiting Scholars for the purpose of conducting research.
The mutual cooperation envisaged individual scholars from both the law institutions to establish contacts and develop mutual interests. The major areas of cooperation includes Intellectual Property Law, Islamic Law, Constitutional Law, International and Comparative Law and Environmental Law.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and the George Washington University Law School believe that the extension and strengthening of scientific exchange and cooperation will be of mutual value to their respective universities. It will develop understanding between them and further their respective goals of advancing justice.
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis described the occasion as a historic moment and said that AMU has signed a MoU with one of the World’s leading higher educational institutions in law with substantial expertise in administrative law, public interest law, international and comparative law, environmental law and intellectual property law.
It is like dream that has come true and this dream has seen the light of the day because of two AMU alumni, Frank Islam and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s efforts.
Prof. Azis said that the MoU is a window of opportunity that enables the students to build their future. It is the beginning of a long journey. The memorandum became live and vibrant only when all of us contribute meaningfully and carry forward its objective and goals, he added.
Dr. Fredrick Lawrence, Dean, Faculty of Law at George Washington University welcoming the new and innovative academic partnership said that his University offered more than sixty courses and it was providing the facilities to students from fifty-five different countries including India.
He said that the AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis visited George Washington University and proposed the MoU to promote law and justice globally with sound academic and research initiatives. It is this dream that is at the threshold of turning into reality.
Frank F. Islam, a noted entrepreneur in US said, he is proud to be an alumnus of this remarkable institution. He admired the leadership of AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis and his vision. He is passionate, committed and determined to succeed and he is the true voice of Aligarh, he added.
As a result of this MoU he envisioned a broad range of activities including conferences, students scholarships, visiting fellows, lecture series, exchange programmes and other area of common interest between AMU and George Washington University.
Frank Islam said that AMU is a true treasure. This University’s success as a Centre of knowledge serves as a beacon for the entire world. The University stands as a symbol of equality, dignity, tolerance and inclusiveness, he added.
Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar, AMU proposed a vote of thank and said that AMU is establishing its special centres at five different states. Now by initiating a series of measures the AMU Vice Chancellor is globalizing the University by his visionary approach. The MoU signed with George Washington University is a small step taken to place the AMU on the global pedestal, he added.
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis presented mementoes to Fredrick Lawrence and Ms. Susan Karmanian of George Washington University, USA.
Earlier Faculty of Law has extended a warm welcome to the three-member delegation of George Washington University. An interactive session with students and staff was also organized.
Prof. M. Shabbir, Dean, Faculty of Law said that for the first time in the history of the Law department, AMU has signed a MoU with George Washington University, USA and this collaboration will open-up new vistas of constructive engagement in the academic realm.
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