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AMU VC Completes four years in office

Friday June 10, 2011 11:11:14 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, an eminent marine scientist, assumed the distinguished office of the Vice Chancellor on June 10, 2007. He is completing four years in office today. Although there were anxious moments of difficulties, turbulences and three sine die closures of the University, Prof. Azis was able to stir the University and bring it back on a resurgent track.


With an amazing quality of simplicity combined with steel nerve, he relentlessly carried forward a new vision of development of cutting-edge technology and expansion unprecedented in the history of AMU. A brief look at the major developments initiated by Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis bears testimony to the service he rendered to the community and the nation at large as AMU Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Azis is the moving spirit and the working force behind getting the approval of the Central government to set up five AMU centres across the nation, one each at Murshidabad (West Bengal), Malappuram (Kerala), Kishanganj (Bihar), Maharashtra and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). He is instrumental in establishing two centres of the Aligarh Muslim University at Malappuram and Murshidabad and making them functional by launching BALLB and MBA programmes. His efforts have brought to AMU fold an additional, almost 800 acres of land free of cost. The Bihar Government is providing 250 acres of land to establish AMU Centre at Kishanganj. The Maharashtra Government has also announced its desire to consider setting up of AMU Centre in the state.

Prof. Azis implemented an action plan to bring into the University fold the cutting-edge Information and Communication Technology. The University installed more than 700 computers with high speed internet connectivity in each department of study, hall of residence so that the student and staff can reap the benefits of campus wide bandwidth expansion round the clock. Within a short span of four years the AMU has witnessed a phenomenal growth in ICT from 0.05 mbps in 2007 to almost 1054 mbps bandwidth. The Aligarh Muslim University will soon emerge as a modern educational technology hub contributing significantly to both knowledge acquisition and knowledge creation. The Bluetooth enabled WiMax system brought with his efforts will bound to change the educational scape in the University.

Realizing the productive dimension of global interaction and exposure of reputed international academic institutions, Prof. Azis has put in place a plan for mutual cooperation. During his visit to United States he signed MoUs with several leading universities including Wisconsin and Cleveland, Atlanta, Boston, Georgia State, Youngstown State, New York University and Massachusetts University. In the current academic session alone, AMU has signed eleven Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with leading institutions and establishments of national and international repute.

Several building projects of X Plan whose funds lapsed, were brought back and got completed by special efforts made by Prof. Azis. He is behind getting several important building projects getting approval under X Plan. With a view to give a big push to infra-structure development, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has recently approved building projects involving a total expenditure of Rs. 2482.7 Lacs. The University approved eleven major building projects under XI Plan involving a total expenditure of Rs. 2115.4 Lacs to be completed by Central Public Works Department (CPWD) by March 2012. The Building Department of the University has been assigned 14 works involving a total expenditure of Rs. 367.06 Lacs which will be completed by July 31, 2011. In the next academic session a new girls’ hostel for Engineering students, a University Canteen with modern kitchen, new classrooms and extension of library building for the Islamic Studies department and new faculty building for Social Sciences will be available to students and staff of the University.

With a view to mitigate the financial difficulties of thousands of retired employees and family pensioners of AMU, Prof. Azis has launched a special drive to provide financial succor to family pensioners. The University got processed 5452 cases of pensioners out of which 2036 were family pensioners and approved the new pension payment as per the enhanced rate of sixth Pay Commission.

The Sports Authority of India has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 3.5 crores for Astroturf. This would help the University provide national and international level players of hockey once again, a hallmark of AMU. The University Grants Commission has sanctioned Rs. 50 Lacs for an Indoor Sports Complex, which will be constructed soon. The University has renovated Roller Skating Rink at the cost of Rs. 20 Lacs and with this, it has become the largest Roller Skating Rink among the Indian universities.

During Prof. Azis’s regime, AMU has introduced several new courses as parts of its scheme of academic expansion. The most recent additions were Master course in Women’s Studies, PG Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (CRPS) and Advance Diploma in Interior Decoration.

Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has given extra priority to the issue of research projects. His initiatives have started yielding results and now a greater number of the departments are getting aid under Special Assistance Programme and assistance from other funding agencies. AMU teachers got individual projects worth nearly 10 Crores in the last three years and now AMU stands 3rd among the central universities in research articles publication in international journals of repute. The Department of Science and Technology has selected AMU for a funding of Rs. 9 Crores as recognition to the University for its contribution in the field of research publications. More than 300 AMU students were getting PhD annually under various faculties.

The Vice Chancellor’s personal interest and interventions resulted in the Government of India sanctioning Rs. 150 Crore under the Second Phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) for the up-gradation of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. The University will have a new wing of Gynaecology and Neonatology, College of Nursing, modern kitchen, modern laundry and new OPDs.

During Prof. Azis’s regime, the Aligarh Muslim University has conducted 260 General Selection Committees and appointed/promoted 431 faculty members including Principals of Colleges and schools. University has also conducted general selection committees for a number of vacant non-teaching positions.

His constant pursuit has resulted in the establishment of a state-of-the-art Digital Resource Centre in the University Library which is linked to campus wide network and the National Knowledge Network extending online access to more than two lakh books and thousands of online journals along with the great treasure of knowledge of NKN to all departments of studies, halls of residence and other University offices.

Often Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis conducted special drives for infusing transparency and speed in administrative dealings. As a result most of the things were improved now more transparent information is available on the website. Examination and admission reforms were introduced. OMR sheets are given to candidates appearing in admission tests, online hall tickets can be seen for ready reference, extra precautions were taken to avoid any inconvenience to candidates appearing in admission tests. Finance management has improved and audit reports were ok. Solving pension problems pending for last four decades has been a big achievement. Legitimate dues have been paid, several selection committees have been conducted, appointments have been made and on a fair basis, there has been no complaint. He was able to provide AMU a very clean, honest and transparent administration. He established several admission test centres across the country. Earlier, it was only in Aligarh but now one can find AMU Test centres in Srinagar, Patna, Bhopal, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kozhikode. Candidates number has increased.

AMU is a happening institution now, numerous construction activities have been going on in the campus in different locations. Urdu Academy is ready to be inaugurated, Dental College building is ready, University will be going to lay the foundation for M. A. Library block, 1000 seats girls’ hostel then new faculty building and it has set apart Rs. 20 Crores for developing campus roads, strengthening water supply, augmenting electricity supply.

M. A. Library has Digital Resource Centre, departments can have access to library. Within a period of one year all classrooms are going to be converted into Smart Classrooms, campus is becoming WiFi in another 15 days. So this is repositioning the University on a cutting edge area of technology with ICT available on finger tips of every student and teacher.




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