Aligarh: Farah Azhar won Gold Medals in six subjects - the highest number so far, whereas Saba Aafrin took home three Gold Medals at the 63rd Convocation of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) held last week.
Farah Azhar and Saba Aafrin - both are the MBBS students of 2009 batch and they were awarded the Gold Medals at the convocation which was attended by noted philantrpoist Frank Islam besides other dignitaries.
In a ceremony marked by pageantry and fanfare, the university awarded 207 medals, about 600 M.Phil./Ph.D. and 5000 graduate and post-graduate degrees during the celebrations of its 63rd Annual Convocation.
Addressing the students as the future of India and the World, Frank Islam said that this convocation is the starting line and AMU has put the basic building blocks in place for success.
He advised the students that a passion for education, eternal optimism about hopes and dreams and exploiting fullest potentials will take them to successful lives.
Sharing his experience, Frank Islam said that he went to the USA to pursue his dreams but it required learning the ways of business, becoming an entrepreneur, founding his own company and building a talented team to work.
“But the dream by itself was not enough as aiming high and hard work was what made it true,” he said.
Presenting the Annual Report of the 63rd Annual Convocation, the Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) said that AMU has scaled new heights and it is evident from the fact that it secured ‘A’ Grade from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in March 2015, while the Times Higher Education, London and the US News and World Report ranked AMU as the second best Indian University.
He added that India Today ranked AMU as the fourth best university and published a three page exclusive report on AMU.
“The India Today-Neilson Best Colleges ranking has accorded AMU’s Law Faculty as the 6th best law college, J N Medical College as the 14th best medical college, Department of Fine Arts as the 10th best Fine Arts College and Z H College of Engineering and Technology as the 21st best engineering college of India,” said the Vice Chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor informed that AMU has recently recruited 500 University/School teachers through General Selection Committee.
“We carried out 300 research projects, organized more than 100 international and national seminars and conferences and faculties published more than 2500 papers and around 150 books,” said the Vice Chancellor adding that AMU has entered into collaborative projects with International universities including a MoU with the American University in Emirates.
The Vice Chancellor added that the new developments include a Trauma Centre in JNMC; a Girls’ Hostel for 1500 girl students; Extension of Dr Ambedkar Hall Annexe; a New Complex of Dawakhana Tibbiya College; Renovation and restoration of Strachey Hall, Kennedy Hall and Jama Masjid; a new Swimming pool complex and CALEM hostel and auditorium.