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Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Aligarh (District Aligarh)
Uttar Pradesh, IndiaPin Code : 202002
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Central University.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is also known as Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College (MAO College).
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is situated in Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Aligarh comes under Aligarh Tehsil, Aligarh District.
Fax # of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is 0571-2700531, 2700536, 2700537.
Contact Person(s) of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is (are): Prof. Ziauddian Khairoowala, Director.
Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh are 9927057499.
email ID(s) is
Website of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh is www.amu.ac.in/, amu.ren.nic.in/.
Chancellor : Mr Justice A M Ahmadi.
Vice Chancellor : Sri Nassem Ahmed (in Oct 2003), Prof P K Abdul Azis, Telephone: +91-571-2700994, Lt Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah.
Registrar : Prof V K Abdul Jaleel, MA, Ph D, Telephone : +91-571-2700220, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Details of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh Uttar Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-571-2700220, 2720520, 2703038, 2701807, 2704182, 2402770, 400528, 564230
other email ids: email@example.com
Other Institutions and Departments of the University are:
AMU Boys Polytechnic Phone +91-571 2721136. Dean: DR S. Iqbal Ali. Res Phone 2703615.
AMU Womens Polytechnic. Dean: Prof. Shamim Ahmad. Phone: +91-571 2700920 (Ext. 3076) Res Phone +91 571 2401325.
AMU Womens College, Principal Prof Mrs Bilquis N. Waris. Phone +91-571-2403541, 2404021. Fax +91-571-2701081. Res +91-571-2506810.
Prof S Mahdi A Rizvi, Controller of Exmas (in March 2004)
CoursesRegular Courses by Aligarh Muslim University
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh offers variety of regular courses at under graduate, postgraduate and research level. The courses are also taught at certificate and diploma level. All the courses in Aligarh Muslim University are taught under its various faculties. A faculty wise list of different course taught in the university is provided here. To know more please click on the faculty about which you are interested to know the course details.
Agriculture Sciences, Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Management Studies, Medicine, Science, Theology, Unani Medicine
1. M. Sc. (Agriculture) Plant Protection
2. Master of Agricultural Economics & Business Management
3. M. Tech. in Post Harvest Engineering and Technology
4. M. Sc. (Agriculture) Agricultural Microbiology
1. M.A. (Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali and Tamil)
2. M.A. (Linguistic, Philosophy)
3. M.A. (Geography)
4. M.F.A. (Master of Fine Art)
5. M.A. (English)
6. M.A. (English) Language Teaching ( E.L.T )
7. Post M.A. Dip. in Urdu Translation
8. Post M.A. Dip. in Hindi Translation
1. B.A. (Hons.) in Arabic, English, Fine Arts, Geography, Hindi, Linguistic, Persian, Philosophy, Sanskrit and Urdu as a main subject.
2. B.A. (Hons.) Communicative English
3. B.A. (Hons. ) Geography
4. B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Art)
5. Certificate of Proficiency in Languages
6. Dip. of Proficiency in Languages
7. Certificate in Linguistics
8. PG Diploma in Linguistics
1. M. Com.
2. Diploma in Bank Administration. (D.B.A.)
3. Master of Finance and Control (M.F.C)
4. Master of Tourism Administration (M.T.A)
1. B. Com. (Hons.)
2. Part Time (Evening Courses)
3. PG Diploma in Business Finance
4. Diploma in steno-typing
Engineering & Technology
1. M.Tech. (Civil, Elect., Electronics, Mech., Chemical and Petroleum)
1. B. Tech. (Civil, Elect., Electronics, Mech., Chemical, Petroleum and Computer )
2. B. Arch.
3. Part Time (Evening Courses)
4. B.E. (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical)
Diploma in Engineering (Architecture Assistantship, Civil, Electrical, Electrical (Instrumentation), Mechanical, Drafting and Designing (Civil), Drafting and Designing (Mechanical)
For women only:
1. Diploma in Engineering (Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering
2. Electronics Engineering (T.V. Technology), Custom Design & Garment Technology, Office Assistantship and Secretarial Practice )
1. M. Sc. (Wildlife Science)
2. M. Sc. (Biochemistry)
3. M. Sc. (Zoology)
4. M. Sc. (Botany)
1. B. Sc. (Hons.) with Biochemistry
2. B. Sc. (Hons.) with Zoology/Botany
3. B. Sc. (Hons.) with Home Science (For women only)
Mangement Studies & Research
1. Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
2. Master of International Business Management (M.I.B.M.)
Part Time Courses
1. PG Diploma in Personnel Management
2. PG Diploma in Marketing Management
2. PG Diploma Courses
3. M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery)
1. Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery Courses
1. Master in Computer Science and Application ( MCA )
2. M. Sc. (Chemistry)
3. M. Sc. (Industrial Chemistry)
4. M. Sc. (Applied Geology)
5. M. Sc. (Geography)
6. M. Sc. (Mathematics)
7. M. Sc. (Statistics)
8. M. Sc. (Operational Research)
9. Post M.Sc. Diploma in Application Mathematics (Industrial Mathematics)
10. PG Diploma in Hydrogeology
11. Diploma in Statistics
1. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Physics Main and two subsidiaries
2. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Chemistry Main and two subsidiaries
3. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Mathematics Main and two subsidiaries
4. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Geography Main and two subsidiaries
5. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Geology Main and two subsidiaries
6. B.Sc. (Hons.) with Statistics Main and two subsidiaries
1. B.Sc. Computer Application
2. B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
1. Post B. Sc. Diploma in Computer Science and Application (PDCA)
2. PG Diploma in Hydrogeology
3. Diploma in Statistics
4. Post M.Sc. Diploma in Application Mathematics (Industrial Mathematics
1. M.Th. (Sunni)
2. M.Th. (Shia)
1. B.Th. (Sunni)
2. B.Th. (Shia)
Part Time Courses
1. Diploma in Qira'at (Quranic phonetics)
2. Certificate in Qira'at (Quranic phonetics)
3. Diploma in Shia Theology
4. Certificate in Shia Theology
1. Mahir-e-Tib (MD)
2. Mahir-e-Jarahat (MS)
1. Kamil-e-Tib-o-Jarahat (BUMS)
Other institutes / dempartments of AMU Aligarh
Abk Union High School,
Ahmadi School For Blind,
A K Tibbiya College,
AMU Girls High School,
Career Planning Center,
Centre For Distance Education,
City Girls High School,
City High School,
Department Of Agriculture Sciences
Department Of Arts
Department Of Business Administration
Department Of Commerce
Department Of Comparative Study of Indian Language And Culture
Department Of Computer Center
Department Of Continuing And Adult Education
Department Of Education
Department Of Engineering And Technology
Department Of Law
Department Of Life Sciences
Department Of Management Studies And Research
Department Of Medicine
Department Of Nehru Studies
Department of Physical Education,
Department of Promotion of Education And Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India,
Department of Promotion of Science,
Department of Science,
Department of Social Science,
Department of Theology,
Department of Unani Medicine,
Faculty of Agriculture,
Faculty of Arts,
Faculty of Commerce,
Faculty of Engineering And Technology,
Faculty of Law,
Faculty of Life Science,
Faculty of Management Study And Research,
Faculty of Medicine,
Faculty of Science,
Faculty of Social Science,
Faculty of Theology,
Faculty of Unani Medicine,
Institute of Bio-Technology,
Institute of Ophthamology,
Institute of Persian Research,
Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit,
Senior Secondary School (Boys),
Senior Secondary School (Girls),
STS High School
Profile of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)Founder of the University
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, one of the architects of modern India was born on October 17, 1817 in Delhi. His father Syed Mohammad Muttaqi was a Mughal noble descendent who had, in the time of Akbar, migrated to India from Herat.
The 1857 revolt was one of the turning points of Syed Ahmads life. Before it, his career had been that of a civil servant and a scholar. Most of the historical works, which were to win him an honorary fellowship of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, were completed before 1857. In 1847, he published the famous archaeological masterpiece, Asarus Sanadeed a book that provided a wealth of information on countless historical monuments in Delhi from the eight hundred year long Muslim era.n 1855, he published yet another book Ain-e-Akbari. After the 1857 revolt, Syed Ahmad authored the marvelous book Asbab-e-Baghawat-e-Hind (The causes of Indian Revolt). The publication of this book in 1859 was, in fact, Syed Ahmads
Sir Syed Vision:
induction to public life. He also witnessed the terrible revenge the British wrought on Delhi and its inhabitants after the city was recaptured in September 1857. At personal level, he found an uncle and a cousin dead; his aunt died of thirst before his eyes; he succeeded in rescuing his mother only for her to die because of the privations she had experienced. Muslims were the main target of the Governments wrath.
In spite of all the suffering, Syed Ahmad was highly impressed by the culture and customs of Western society. He instituted Scientific Society in 1864 to create a scientific temperament among the Muslims and to make the Western knowledge available to Indians in their own language. He got translated many scientific works from English into Urdu.
The Aligarh Institute Gazette, an organ of the Scientific Society was started in March 1866 and succeeded in agitating the minds in the traditional Muslim Society. Anyone with a poor level of commitment would have backed off in the face of strong opposition but Sir Syed responded by bringing out another journal Tehzibul Akhlaq which was rightly named in English as Mohammedan Social Reformer. The Tehzibul Akhlaq succeeded in infusing a new desire amongst Muslims for acquiring modern knowledge. It also gave a new direction to Muslim social and political thought. It advocated the stance that Muslims should avoid getting involved in political issues until they achieved parity with the Hindu community in the field of education.
Along with his search for a solution to the communitys backwardness, he continued writing for various causes. He wrote to defend Islam against the attacks of Christian missionaries, and to overcome religious prejudices. Sir Syed finally reached to the conclusion that education was the main cause of the backwardness of the community. He thus rose to establish the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College at Aligarh. He wanted this College to act as a bridge between the old and the new, the East and the West. While he fully appreciated the need and urgency of imparting instruction based on Western learning, he was not oblivious of the value of oriental learning and wanted to preserve and transmit to posterity the rich legacy of the past. He, therefore, decided to keep a fine balance between the two.
For a man born into a feudal family that had experienced the trauma of a declining Mughal empire, he was highly pragmatic in his outlook and attitude. The College he founded was the visible embodiment of reason and progress. The aim of Sir Syed was not merely restricted to establishing a college at Aligarh but at spreading a network of Muslim Managed educational institutions throughout the length and breadth of the country. To this end, he instituted All India Mohammedan Educational Conference. The Aligarh Movement motivated the Muslims to help open a number of educational institutions. Sir Syed was the member of the Viceroys Legislative Council from 1878-82. He presented evidence to Hunter Education Commission of 1882, and served on the Public Service Commission of 1887. He was knighted in 1888. In 1889 he received honorary LLD from Edinburgh University. He died on March 27, 1898 and was buried next to the mosque at AMU.
ACHIEVEMENTS and CONTRIBUTIONS
As Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (Since June 2007 to present)
Joined the University on June 11, 2007 as its 21st Vice Chancellor. Took charge at a time when the University was passing through one of the darkest periods in its history, dotted by murders of two students in quick succession, violent clashes between student groups, looting and destruction of property, regional fighting and constant disruption of academic activities. There was complete breakdown of rule of law and everyone was under constant threat of assault and humiliation. With firm and well thought out initiatives, the University has been brought back to normal level of functioning in the last two years. The University has been put on a resurgent track.
Under the initiative 'academic rejuvenation' the University has been able to register major achievements as listed below.
* The University has been granted a Plan outlay of Rs. 185 crores for XI Plan development initiatives. In the X Plan it was only Rs. 50 crores.
* Launched the upgradation programme of JNMC: Based on a proposal submitted by the University, the Government of India has granted Rs. 150 crores for the upgradation of the J.N. Medical College to the level of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
* AMU Schools brought under a Directorate of Education. A modernization action plan on par with Navodaya Vidyalaya of the Government of India worth Rs. 82 crores has been submitted to the Government of India.
* Launched the "INSPIRE" programme in AMU. Based on the publications made, the University has been ranked in 2008 as Twelfth among Universities in India and selected for special funding under "INSPIRE" programme of the Department of Science & Technology. A Central Instrumentation Centre is proposed to be created.
* The Government of India has sanctioned a fully residential Civil Services Coaching Academy to the AMU at a cost of Rs. 13 crores to be established in 2009.
* Encouraged external funding. A large number of Ph.D. scholars and teachers have come forward to submit research projects and they have brought substantial funding from various agencies. 149 such projects are operational in the last 2 years.
* Set in motion an ICT revolution in the last two years. The campus connectivity was .5 mbps in 2007 and this has now been expanded to 34 mbps making fibre connectivity available in every Department of the University. About 600 computers have been distributed to the Departments, as a first step, a "Computer Hub" has become functional in the Departments, Halls of Residences and Dean's Offices. The University has now been identified to be part of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) under which about 1000 prestigious institutions in the country will be interlinked, and the University will be provided with 1000 mbps bandwidth during the course of this project.
* Commissioned a Digital Resource Centre at the Maulana Azad Library. Staff and students from anywhere in the campus can now have access to library resources available in the Library.
* The University is participating in the National Mission of Education on ICT wherein generation of e-content and e-learning tools will be taken up by all the Faculties in the University during the year 2009-10: a forerunner of e-teaching and e-learning in AMU.
* Signed MoUs with a number of foreign Universities.
* Launched a massive expansion programme with a target to establish five Special Centres of AMU at Murshidabad (West Bengal), Katihar (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra) and Malappuram (Kerala) at an estimated cost of Rs. 2000 crores. The Government of India has allocated Rs. 50 crores for the Centres in Murshidabad and Malappuram considering the fact that the State Governments have come forward to allocate land.
* A novel multi-tier consultation mechanism has been established in the University by constituting Students' Grievance Committees involving the best students in each class, in each department. Such grievance committees are in place in all the Departments and in all Halls of Residences. The University level Grievance Redressal Committee is also functioning.
* Launched new courses such as Islamic Banking and Finance, Nano Technology, Remote Sensing etc. during 2009.
* Established Sir Syed Ahmad Khan International Award with a prize money of Rs. 5 lakhs in 2008.
* Held the First World Summit of AMU Alumni in October, 2008. * Established an Alumni Foundation. A Corpus Fund of Rs. 100 crores has been targeted.
* Middlemen and brokers have removed in awarding works. All contracts are being awarded to CPWD, a Government of India firm. The Building Committee has been activated. A newly constituted Infrastructure Development Committee consisting of senior teachers from the Faculty of Engineering serves as "OMBUDSMAN" to monitor various projects, eliminate corrupt practices, assure quality construction and ensure timely delivery of projects.
* 233 teachers including 61 Professors, 80 Readers and 74 Lecturers were appointed during 2008-09 through General Selection Committees.
* All admission tests, admissions, and examinations were conducted and results published on time.
* Organized a National Seminar on Minority Education in India : Issues of Access, Equity and Inclusion in 2008. An "Aligarh Declaration" on education has been approved. The University has declared a decade of education during which the Muslims in India must use all possible resources for educating their children, while fully utilizing various programmes offered by State and Central Governments. All initiatives in this regard will be inclusive of all communities, irrespective of region, language or other identities.
At the Cochin University of Science and Technology:
Served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology during November 2004 to June 2007.
Sustained effort at regaining the S&T focus of the University by promoting individual and collective initiatives of teachers in undertaking new and innovative research programmes and strengthening the partnerships of CUSAT with the Southern Naval Command, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), etc.
Preparation of a Vision Document for the University by involving the Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments and the teachers in various Departments, indicating a long-term Road Map for the University. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, stands broadly accepted and the University is poised to be transformed into an institution of national importance, namely 'Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology' (IIEST).
The University has received Rs.10 crores from MHRD as Special Grant for selected upgradation proposals.
Established a Fast Track Mechanism to implement the infrastructure development projects.
Established a Modern Marine Engineering Campus called "Kunjali Marakkar" School of Marine Engineering.
Established a New Department - the Department of Aerospace Technology in 2006-07 with two B. Tech Programmes.
Commenced M.Sc in Nano Science - 2007 onwards.
Launched the IPR Chair in 2005 and the Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies in 2006.
Established the Centre for e-learning with UGC support.
Strengthened the activities of CELOS under the "University with Potential of Excellence" scheme of UGC.
Total syllabus revision with extensive industry's university interaction.
The University was put on a re-surgent tract with a special focus on cutting edge areas of Science and Technology with greater Industry-University linkage to achieve the national goal of creating a world class University at Kochi, the emerging IT and Tourism hub in India.
Kerala Agricultural University:
Headed the Fisheries Division at the Regional Agricultural Research Station at Kumarakom during 1983-85. Principal Investigator of 16 ICAR Projects. Functioned as the Implementing Officer of the Lab to Land Programme, Village Adoption Programme, Krishi Darshan Programme and the School Adoption Programme. Gained in depth knowledge on Agricultural and Ecological issues of Kuttanadu in the context of Ecosystem Management.
At SWCC Research Development Center, Saudi Arabia:
Chairman/Vice-Chairman of the Department of Ecology and Marine Biology (1993-2002). Uninterrupted administrative experience. Leader of a Multi-national Team of Researchers responsible for evolving and evaluating proposals for international collaboration and for implementing projects. Worked with Foreign Missions from Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA); BFCC, UK; DUPONT Co. and Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA during this period.
Gained significant knowledge and experience in Industrial Marine Biology, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Completed several Environmental Impact Assessment Studies with reference to worlds largest Desalination and Power plants located on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea. Carried out several studies covering in-plant locations, effluent discharge channel, outfall bays and intake sites. Submitted reports and recommendations outlining measures for the protection of the marine environment. Issues such as mixing, dilution and dispersion of effluents in the sea were studied in the context of the standards set by the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Administration (MEPA) and recommendations made. The size of mixing and recovery zones needed for the plants were determined based on the eco-toxicological effects of effluents on marine flora and fauna. Sensitivity maps were prepared for keeping discharges at safe levels.
Special studies were carried out for protecting plant structures like intake bays, intake bar screens, traveling screen, pumping sites, condenser tubes, backwash pumps, and various installation of the power generating and desalination units from macro fouling organisms, jellyfish influx, plankton blooms, influx of spilled oil and other contaminants. A season-wise inventory of potential marine events of consequence to the plants was prepared.
Drafted a 10 year Master Plan for the study of environmental issues and their abatement in SWCC sites in Saudi Arabia. This plan enshrines the environmental policy of SWCC and a strategy to achieve its environmental goals, fully subscribing to the Royal Decrees on Environmental Standards and Regulations in the Kingdom. This is expected to significantly improve the corporate capability in environmental governance in Saudi Arabia.
At University of Kerala:
Extensive experience during 1978-1983, 1985-1993 and 2002-2004 in the planning and administration of long term Research Projects in the University funded by agencies such as the Indian Space Research Organization, National Thermal Power Corporation, University Grants Commission and State S&T and Environment Committee. Currently Govt. of Kerala Nominee in the R.Shankar Award Committee to select the best college in Kerala.
As Leader of a dynamic team of multi-disciplinary investigators, planned and executed a number of EIA studies in Kerala (India). Provided high quality data and assessments that provided new knowledge on environmental issues relating to various industries and development projects. A few of the important studies are listed.
Established Environmental Impact Assessment Methods incorporating concerns for Ecological Sustainability of Ecosystems, Public Health and Industrial Safety. Numerous batches of M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. students were trained on these methods. They are now occupying positions of responsibilities in different organizations.
Studied the environmental impact of coconut retting activity (a cottage industrial activity that supports the massive coir industry in India) on public health and coastal ecosystems.
UN Survey: Carried out an environmental management survey covering 20 major industries (Cochin Oil Refineries, Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore, Punalur Paper Mill, Hindustan Machine Tools, Premier Tyres, Cominco Binani Zinc, Travancore Titanium Products, Chavara Minerals and Metals, Kundara Alind etc.) in Kerala on behalf of a UN Agency in 1976. Collected data on available environmental protection system, the status of occupational safety, health, hygiene, handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, discharge of effluents etc. Surveyed the adjacent ecosystems and interviewed local citizens.
Environmental auditing of a Titanium Dioxide plant with special reference to effluent disposal and its impact on the resources of the Thiruvananthapuram coastal sea.
Studied the environmental safety of effluent discharges from aluminium, ceramic, starch and newsprint factories on the Ashtamudi Estuary and the Kallada River in South India. Studied the point source and fugitive emissions for these factories. Toxicological aspects of discharges were evaluated.
Carried out an environmental auditing of the impact of sewage disposal on the coastal ecosystems of Thiruvananthapuram city and the widespread public health problem arising out of the same.
Evaluated the effects of unplanned development activities on the ecology and resources of the Shasthamkotta and Vellayani Freshwater lakes and suggested environmental protection measures.
Studied the status of ecology and biodiversity of the Thenmala, Peppara, Aruvikkara, and Neyyar Reservoirs and proposed conservation and protection measures.
NTPC Project: Co-Investigator in the Project to assess the Environmental Impact of Kayamkulam Super Thermal Power Station. Several recommendations for locating sites for discharges, cooling water intakes and disposal of other wastes were given.
ISRO Project: The application potential of remote sensing was studied in the context of pollution monitoring with special reference to effluent dispersion in the coastal areas of Kerala.
Bioaccumulation and biomagnifications of heavy metals were studied in the context of chronic pollution in the Ashtamudi Estuary.
Coordinated the University Grants Commission, DSA Project on Coastal Ecosystems. Headed a multidisciplinary team. Carried out a most comprehensive study on the estuarine tracts on the Arabian Sea Coast. This is regarded as one of the most comprehensive studies done in India. Conservation and management plan submitted to Government of India.
RESEARCH DEGREES GUIDED:
Guided nine candidates in their studies for the Ph.D. degree and several candidates for their M.Phil and M.Sc. Theses. As a Research Guide in the University of Kerala I had the opportunity of guiding successfully several candidates in their Doctoral and Post Graduate programmes. The first Ph.D. thesis submitted under my guidance was judged
as the best thesis from Indian Universities and was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award by the ICAR. Following are the details of doctoral theses for which degrees have been awarded.
Assessment of Production Potential and Environmental degradation in the Achankovil River in Central Kerala by Swapna. This dissertation presents the Ecology of the Achankovil River in Kerala (Awarded during 2008).
A study on the application potential of data from Indian Remote Sensing Satellites for pollution monitoring efforts with special reference to retting coconut husk in the Anchuthengu - Kadinamkulam estuarine system in Kerala by Mr. N.C. Anil Kumar. This is a pioneering study regarding the application potential of Satellite imageries for EIA studies in coastal zones (Awarded degree in 1998).
Ecology and community structure of estuarine meiofuna on the South-West Coast of India by Miss K.S. Anila Kumar. This thesis reports on the impact of city sewage on the ecology and community of an estuary on the Arabian Sea coast (Awarded degree in 1997).
Limnology of a man made reservoir on the Western Ghats, Southern Kerala to Mr. Sabu Thomas. This thesis documented the Environmental Impact, impoundment consequent to a River Basin Project (Awarded degree in 1997).
Studies on certain selected heavy metals in the estuarine Crab, Scylla Serrata (Forskal) from Southern Kerala by Smt. Rema Devi. This treatise tells the impact of industrial pollution with special reference to the accumulation of heavy metals in water, sediments and tissues of edible crabs on the Arabian Sea Coast (Awarded degree in 1995).
Distribution of heavy metals in the Ashtamudi Estuary with special reference Molluscs by Mr. Wilfred O. Joe. This thesis elaborates the impact of industrial pollution and the resultant accumulation of heavy metals in edible Molluscs in a harbour on the Arabian Sea Coast (Awarded degree in 1995).
Zooplankton ecology of certain aquatic biotopes in Kerala by Mr. I Harikrishnan. This study presents a volume of data on the impact of anthropogenic activities on the sustainability of an estuary, a fresh water pond, reservoir and a lagoon in Southern India (Awarded degree in 1995).
Studies on the ecology of a newly commissioned dam and its impact on the down stream ecology of a river in Kerala (India) by Mr. S. Synudeen Sahib. This study evaluated the impact of a World Bank aided River Basin Project in Kerala. The impact of a dam on the downstream ecology of a river system has been documented. This study has evoked great international interest and has resulted in a major Indo-Netherlands programme for environmental action plan for the Kallada River Basin (Awarded degree in 1993).
Studies in fish brain in relation to feeding by Smt. P.S. Sherly. Studied the impact of pollutants on the structure of fish brain (Awarded degree in 1993).
Effect of coconut husk retting on the water quality and biota of an aquatic biotope in Kerala by S. Bijoy Nandan. This dissertation presents the environmental impact of coconut husk retting on the water quality and biota of estuaries. Retting is a microbiological process, which processes the coconut husk and is the foundation for the giant Coir Industry in South India (Awarded degree in 1992).
MEMBERSHIP IN COMMITTEES:
Major Government/University Committees in which served/serving:
Member, National Monitoring Committee for Minorities' Education (NMCME), Government of India, for a period of 3 years from 07.08.2007 to 06.08.2010.
Member, Committee for setting up of 30 new Central Universities, constituted by UGC, MHRD (Vide No.F.25-7/2007(CU) dated 13.12.2009 issued by Joint Secretary, UGC)
Member, Executive Committee, Maulana Azad Educational Foundation, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi since July 2007.
Member, SWCC Environmental Committee, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during 1994-2002.
Consultant Ecologist, Theerapatham Urban Development Project (2003-04)
Member, Task Group on "Environment". Science, Technology and Environment Committee, Government of Kerala vide G.O. (MS) No.28/87/STED dated 16th Nov. 1987.
Member, Steering Committee on Management of Wetlands. Govt. of Kerala vide G.O. (Rt.). No.51/88/STED dated 14.3.1988.
Member, Sub-committee to examine the environmental clearance aspects of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation at Kumarakom vide G.O. Rt. No.152/88/STED dated 14th June, 1988.
Member, Multidisciplinary Project Formulation Team for the conservation of Wetlands, Government of Kerala, vide G.O. Rt. No.219/90/STED dated 8.5.1990.
Member, Special Task Force for the preparation of Action Plan for Shastamcotta Lake, Government of Kerala.
Member, Post Graduate Board of Studies in Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala (1988 onwards).
Member, Advisory Committee for the implementation of the Special Assistance Programme under the University Grants Commission in the University of Kerala (vide G.O.No.P1.a1.3083/85 dated 23rd February, 1987.
Organizing Secretary, National Seminar on Aquatic Pollution organized by the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala in December 1989 at Thiruvananthapuram.
Member, High Power Environmental Consultative Committee, Government of Kerala, vide G.O. Rt.No.452/92/STED dated 17.10.1992.
The Society of Fisheries Technologists (India), Matsyapuri, Kochi - 682 029 has bestowed its prestigious Honorary Fellowship on 27.07.2005.
The Zoological Society of India honoured Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis with its Honorary Fellowship and Gold Medal in November 2006.
The Indian Society of Life Sciences has conferred the `Fellowship of the Indian Society of Life Sciences' and Gold Medal in December 2007 for outstanding contributions in the field of Life Sciences.
Prof. N.B. Nair Award for Environmental Excellence on 4.2.2008 by Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Contemporary Studies, Cochin University of Science & Technology.
Amity Academic Excellence Award 2008 bestowed by the AMITY University, NOIDA, U.P.
VISITS ABROAD (2007-09):
Visited Tashkent, Uzbekistan to attend the International Conference on the Theme "Place of Uzbekistan in Islamic Civilization", during August 14-15, 2007.
Visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as a member of Indian High Level Cultural Delegation of Civil Society from April 27, 2008 to May 3, 2008.
At the invitation of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Association in U.S.A., visited USA for attending the VII Annual Convention as Chief Guest from 8 - 16 August 2008.
At the invitation of AMU Alumni Association, Oman, visited Higher Education Ministry and Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on April 10-11, 2009. Delivered the Sir Syed Memorial Lecture organized at the Indian Embassy, Muscat.
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Member, Executive Council of the Central University of Kerala,
Kasaragod, Kerala (2009-2012)
Aligarh Muslim University is one of the most popular universities in the Indian subcontinent and located in Aligarh, which forms part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. This university was created by the Indian Parliament and was modeled on the University of Cambridge. It is regarded as one of the very first institutions, which were set up during the British colonial rule with the purpose of higher learning. It was initially known as Anglo-Oriental Islamic College and the founder of this university was a great Muslim social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. It was Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who felt it was important for the Muslims to gain modern education and also become involved in the public. Besides the academic programs and achievements, the popularity of the university also lies in the fact that several prominent Muslim leaders and Urdu writers have graduated from here.
Aligarh Muslim UniversityIn the year 1875 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan set up the Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College and patterned it after the Cambridge and Oxford Universities without compromising on the Islamic values. Originally the college was affiliated to the Calcutta University and later on was transferred to the Allahabad University in the year 1885. By the year 1920 the college was transformed into a university and was named as the Muslim University. This university is a residential academic institution and offers as many as 250 courses in the traditional and modern branches of education. The University currently has 12 faculties including Arts, Commerce, Agricultural Sciences, Law, Engineering and Technology, Management Studies and Research, Life Sciences, Science, Medicine, Theology, Social Science and Unani Medicine. Near the turn of the century the university began publishing its own magazine and also established a law school. The facilities provided to the residential students include accommodation, guesthouses, health services, computer center, hobbies workshop and library. The current strength of the university is thirty thousand students and more than 2000 faculties. The departments of study amount to eight. It also draws students from other countries like West Asia, Africa and South East Asia. Some seats are also reserved for the SAARC and Commonwealth countries. This university also hosts one of India`s premieres Engineering College called Dr. Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology. The Ministry of Human Resource Development recently offered the IIT status to the university but it was not possible due to the unwillingness of the university to grant it an autonomous status.
This university is open to all irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion. In the recent times this university became involved in a legal battle when it announced a fifty percent reservation for the Muslim community for some of its courses. The Division Bench of the High Court of Allahabad struck down two sections of the Aligarh Muslim University Act and also rejected the minority status of the university as it was set by an act of the Indian Parliament. The university campus is three kilometers away from the main city.
Aligarh Muslim University is a Residential Academic Institution located in the city of Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), India. It was established in 1875 by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and in 1920 it was granted a status of Central University by an Act of Indian Parliament. Aligarh is situated at a distance of 130 km, South-East of Delhi on Delhi-Calcutta Railway and Grand Trunk Road. Modelled on the University of Cambridge, it was among the first institutions of higher learning set up during the British Raj. Originally it was Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which was founded by a great Muslim social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Many prominent Muslim leaders, and Urdu writers and scholars of the subcontinent have graduated from the University. Aligarh Muslim University offers more than 250 Courses in traditional and modern branch of Education. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a great social reformer of his age felt the need for modern education and started a school in 1875 which later became the Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College and finally Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. This is a premier Central University with several faculties and maintained institutions and draws students from all corners of the world, especially Africa, West Asia and South East Asia. In some courses, seats are reserved for students from SAARC and Commonwealth countries. The University is open to all irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender. It is ranked 8th best (2009 ranking) of all research universities in India by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India.
AMU wasset up by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in 1875. It was granted the status of Central University in 1920 by an Act of Indian Parliament. AMU was among the few higher educational centres which came into being during the British occupation. Sir Khan, a great social reformer, originally founded it as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. With the passage of time, the college gradually grew, and acquired the status of the university in 1920.
Aligarh Muslim University, one of the leading universities in India, is an academic institution of transnational repute. Also known as AMU Aligarh, it is a leading educational institution in India, drawing students from a number of countries, especially in Africa, West Asia and South East Asia. Modelled on the University of Cambridge, it holds the distinction of being one of the first institutions of higher learning set up during the British Raj.
The University grew out of the work of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who in the aftermath of the Indian War of Independence of 1857 felt that it was important for Muslims to gain modern education and become involved in the public life and Government Services in India at that time. Raja Jai Kishan helped Sir Syed a lot in establishing this university. The British decision to replace the use of the knowledge of Persian in the 1830s for Government employment and as the language of Courts of Law caused deep anxiety among Muslims of the sub-continent. Sir Syed then clearly foresaw the imperative need for the Muslims to acquire proficiency in the English language and "Western Sciences" if the community were to maintain its social and political clout, particularly in Northern India. He began to prepare the road map for the formation of a Muslim University by starting various schools. In 1864, the Scientific Society of Aligarh was set up to disseminate Western works into native languages as a prelude to prepare the community to accept "Western Education". Sir Sultan Mahommed Shah, The Aga Khan III has contributed greatly to Aligarh Muslim University in terms collecting funds and providing financial support.
In 1875, Sir Syed founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh and patterned the college after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he had visited on a trip to England. His objective was to build a college in tune with the British education system but without compromising its Islamic values. Sir Syed's son, Syed Mahmood, had studied at Cambridge and contributed a proposal for an independent university to the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College Fund Committee upon his return from England in 1872. This proposal was adopted and subsequently modified. Mahmood continued to work alongside his father in founding the college.
It was one of the first purely residential educational institution set up either by the Government or the public in India. Over the years it gave rise to a new educated class of Muslims who were active in the political system of the British Raj, and who would serve as a catalyst for change among not only the Muslim population of India, but of the entire subcontinent. When Viceroy to India, Lord Curzon visited the College in 1901, he praised the work which was carried on by the College and called it of "sovereign importance" .
The college was originally affiliated with the University of Calcutta, and was transferred to the Allahabad University in 1885. Near the turn of the century it began publishing its own magazine, and established a law school. It was also around this time that a movement began to have it develop into a university to stand on its own. To achieve this goal, many expansions were made with more and more programs added to the curriculum. A school for girls was established in 1907. By 1921(exact year 1920), the College was transformed into a university, and it was named Muslim University. Its growth continued. The first chancellor of the university was a female, Sultan Shah Jahan Begum. In 1927, a school for the blind was established, and the following year, a Medical School was attached to the university. By the end of the 1930s, the University had also developed its Engineering faculty. Syed Zafarul Hasan, joined the Aligarh Muslim University in early 1900s as Head of Philosophy Department, Dean Faculty of Arts. He was a pro-Vice Chancellor prior to his retirement, and brought good name to the University.
Maulana Azad Library The Library complex of the University consists of a Central Library and over 80 college/departmental libraries. Libraries of the colleges, institutes and departments, cater to the needs of postgraduates and students of professional courses.
The University has established Book Banks for the benefit of students of certain professional courses. The Central Library was set up in 1875, when this institution was established as Madarsatul Uloom. In 1877, the Madarsa became Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College. Lord Lytton, the viceroy of India, laid the foundation stone, and the library was named after him as Lytton Library. Eminent scholars like Gardner Brown, Arnold, Releigh, Horowitz, Storey and Auchtelpone functioned as honorary librarians in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
In 1960, it was named as Maulana Azad Library when the first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, inaugurated its present building. The Seven storied building is surrounded by 4.75 acres of land in the form of beautiful lawns and gardens. It is the most beautiful building of the University and one of the few very attractive libraries in the country. The Library has about 9,00,000 books
The collection consists of books, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, paintings and photographs. M.A. Library performs the functions of a National Library so far as its collection of Oriental manuscripts are concerned. It is because of these rich collections of immense research value that this Library is reckoned among major libraries of the world. The oldest manuscript owned by the library is more than fourteen hundred years old. It is a fragment of the Quran transcribed by Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam and is written on parchment in Kufi script. Another rare collection is the Halnama of Beyazid Ansari, no copy of which is available anywhere else in the world
The Library has a sizeable collection of early printed books in various languages. The most outstanding among them is the Latin translation of the celebrated Arabic work on optics, opticam prafatis, by Ibn-al-Haitham (965-1039) published in 1572
There are several farmans (decrees) of the Mughal kings like Babur, Akbar, Shahjahan, Shah Alam, Shah Alamgir, Aurangzeb etc. Another prized possession of the library is a 'Shirt' on which the whole Quran is inscribed in khafi script. This shirt is believed to have been worn by a warrior of Mughal army
Among the large collection of Mughal paintings is the painting of Red Blossom, which is magnum opus of Mansoor Naqqash, the celebrated court artist of Emperor Jahangir. Some valuable Sanskrit works translated into Persian have also been preserved in the library. Other possessions worth mentioning is the Ayurved in Telugu and the Bhasa's in Malyalam script written on palm leaves. Abul Faiz Faizi, an eminent scholar of Akbar's court translated several Sanskrit works into Persian, such as Maha Puran, Bhagvat Gita, Mahabharat and Lila Wati, these are also available.
More than 5,000 students, teachers and other members of the university daily visit the library and utilize its services.
Profile of University
Aligarh Muslim University is a Residential Academic University of international repute, established in 1857 by an Act of India Parliament, and one of the first institutions established during the British Raj.
Aligarh Muslim University is located in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, and modeled on the University of Cambridge.
Initially, it was Mahamadan Anglo-Oriental, founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a great Muslim social reformer with a view to providing modern education to the people of India in general and Muslim people particularly. Later by an act of India parliament it was transformed into a central university and henceforth it was renamed as the Aligarh Muslim University.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a residential academic institution, providing education start from school level to higher education level. Now the university offers around 280 courses in traditional and modern branch of education in its 12 faculties viz. . Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Commerce, Engineering & Technology, Law, Life Sciences, Management Studies & Research, Medicine, Science, Theology, Unani Medicine and Social Science.
Currently the University has almost thirty thousand students, and over two thousand faculty members with over eighty departments of study. Aligarh Muslim University is one of the premier central universities in independent India.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) draws students not only from different corners of India but also from Africa, West Asia and South East Asia. There is reservation for students from SAARC and Commonwealth Countries.
Movement of Aligarh University
The Aga Khan believed that the root cause of Muslim backwardness in India was illiteracy, and therefore, education was the panacea for their ills. He thought that education should be a medium of service to others and a tool for modernization. He also considered the aim of education to be character building. According to Islamuddin in 'The Aga Khan III' (Islamabad, 1978, p. 22), 'It was he, who, translated the dream of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan into reality, by raising the status of Aligarh College into a great Muslim University.' Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah states in 'The Prince Aga Khan' (London, 1933, p. 65) that, 'It was Sir Syed Ahmed who founded Aligarh College, but it was the Aga Khan, an ardent enthusiastic promoter of the ideal of education, who has been mainly responsible for the raising of its status to that of a University.' After the death of Sir Sayed Ahmad Khan in 1316/1898, the Aga Khan III advised Mohsin al-Mulk (1837-1907), the Secretary of Aligarh College, to tour India to procure public opinion for the cause of Muslim University. His interest in the Aligarh College dates from the time when he was called upon to preside at an Educational Conference held at Delhi at the time of Lord Curzon's proclamation Durbar in 1319/1902. He used the platform of Muslim Educational Conference to bring home to the Muslims, the importance of education, and Muslim University at Aligarh. In his Presidential address to the Muslim Educational Conference, the Aga Khan said: 'If, then, we are really in earnest in deploring the fallen condition of our people, we must unite in an effort for their redemption and, first and foremost of all, an effort must now be made for the foundation of a University where Muslim youths can get, in addition to modern sciences, a knowledge of their glorious past and religion and where the whole atmosphere of the place, it being a residential University, nay, like Oxford, give more attention to character than to mere examinations. Muslims of India have legitimate interests in the intellectual development of their co-religionists in Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and the best way of helping them is by making Aligarh a Muslim Oxford .... We are sure that by founding this University we can arrest the decadence of Islam, and if we are not willing to make sacrifices for such an end, must I not conclude that we do not really care whether the faith of Islam is dead or not? .... We want Aligarh to be such a home of learning as to command the same respect of scholars as Berlin or Oxford, Leipzig or Paris. And we want those branches of Muslim learning, which are too fast passing into decay, to be added by Muslim scholars to the stock of the world's knowledge.' (vide 'Khutbat-i Aliyah', Aligarh, 1927, Part I, p. 206).
Addressing the annual session of Muslim Educational Conference in 1904 at Bombay, the Aga Khan III said: 'The farsighted among the Muslims of India desire a University, where the standard of learning should be the highest and where with the scientific training, there shall be that moral education, that indirect but constant reminder of the eternal difference between right and wrong, which is the soul of education .... I earnestly beg of you that the cause of such a University should not be forgotten in the shouts of the market place that daily rise amongst us.'
The plan for the Muslim University had by 1910 taken on the complexion and force of a national movement. The session of the All India Muslim Educational Conference at Nagpur in December, 1910 gave the signal for a concreted, nation-wide effort to raise the necessary funds for the projected University. In moving the resolution on the University, the Aga Khan III made a stirring speech. He said, 'This is a unique occasion as His Majesty the King-Emperor is coming out to India. This is a great opportunity for us and such as is never to arise again during the lifetime of the present generation, and the Muslims should on no account miss it...We must make up and make serious, earnest and sincere efforts to carry into effect the one great essential movement which above all has a large claim on our enegery and resources...If we show that we are able to help ourselves and that we are earnest in our endeavours and ready to make personal sacrifices, I have no doubt whatever that our sympathetic government, which only requires proper guarantees of our earnestness, will come forward to grant us the charter. `Now or never' seems to be the inevitable situation.'
To make a concerted drive for the collection of funds, a Central Foundation Committee with the Aga Khan III as Chairman with Maulana Shaukat Ali (1873- 1938) as his Secretary; and prominent Muslims from all walks of life as members was formed at Aligarh on January 10, 1911. The Aga Khan III accompanied by Maulana Shaukat Ali, who was still in government service and had taken a year's furlough, toured throughout the country to raise funds, visiting Calcutta, Allahabad, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Lahore, Bombay and other places. According to Willi Frischauer in 'The Aga Khans' (London, 1970, p. 76), 'His campaign for the Aligarh University required a final big heave and, as Chairman of the fund raising committee, he went on a collecting tour through India's main Muslim areas: `As a mendicant', he announced, `I am now going out to beg from house to house and from street to street for the children of Indian Muslims.' It was a triumphal tour. Wherever he went, people unharnessed the horses of his carriage and pulled it themselves for miles.'
The response to the touching appeal of the Aga Khan III was spontaneous. On his arrival at Lahore, the daily 'Peace' of Punjab editorially commented and called upon the Muslims 'to wake up, as the greatest personality and benefactor of Islam was in their city.' The paper recalled a remark of Sir Sayed Ahmad Khan prophesying the rise of a hand from the unseen world to accomplish his mission. 'That persoanlity' the paper said, 'was of the Aga Khan III.' On that day, the 'London Times' commenting upon the visit, regarded him as a great recognised leader of Muslims. The significant aspect of the Aga Khan's fund collection drive was not the enthusiastic welcome accorded to him, but the house to house collection drive. Qayyum A. Malick writes in 'Prince Aga Khan' (Karachi, 1954, p. 64) that once the Aga Khan on his way to Bombay to collect funds for the university, the Aga Khan stopped his car at the office of a person, who was known to be his bitterest critic. The man stood up bewildered and asked, 'Whom do you want Sir?' 'I have come for your contribution to the Muslim university fund,' said the Aga Khan. The man drew up a cheque for Rs. 5000/-. After pocketing the cheque, the Aga Khan took off his hat and said, 'Now as a beggar, I beg from you something for the children of Islam. Put something in the bowl of this mendicant.' The man wrote another cheque for Rs. 15000/- with moist eyes, and said, 'Your Highness, now it is my turn to beg. I beg of you in the name of the most merciful God to forgive me for anything that I may have said against you. I never knew you were so great.' The Aga Khan said, 'Don't worry! It is my nature to forgive and forget in the cause of Islam and the Muslims.' The drive received further great fillip from the announcement of a big donation by Her Highness Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal. The Aga Khan III was so moved by her munificence that in thanking her, he spoke the following words: Dil'e banda ra zinda kardi, dil'e Islam ra zinda kardi, dil'e qaum ra zinda kardi, Khuda'i ta'ala ba tufail'e Rasul ajarash be dahadmeans, 'You put life in the heart of this servant; you put life in the heart of Islam; you put life in the heart of the nation. May God reward you for the sake of the Prophet!' In sum, the Aga Khan collected twenty-six lacs of rupees by July, 1912 in the drive and his personal contribution amounted to one lac rupees.
On October 20, 1920, the Aligarh University was granted its official Charter. In spite of several obstacles, the Aga Khan continued his ceaseless efforts for the Muslim University, and further announced his annual grant of Rs. 10,000/- for Aligarh University, which was subsequently raised. The Ismaili individuals also made their generous contributions to Aligarh University. For instance, Mr. Kassim Ali Jairajbhoy gave Rs. 1,25,000 to found chairs of Philosophy and Science in the Aligarh in memory of his father.
It must be noted on this juncture that in January, 1857, Lord Canning (1856-1862) had passed the Acts of Incorporation in India which provided for the establishment of universities in Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. The fourth university was then established in 1882 by a Special Act of Incorporation in Pujnab and the fifth was that of Allahabad University in 1887. Thus, by the end of 1902 there were five universities in India, and Aligarh University was the sixth one.
It will remain as a historical reminder of the fact that the Aga Khan gave continuity to the traditions of his ancestors as pioneers of education in Egypt and elsewhere - traditions associated with the foundation of Al-Azhar, the oldest existing university in the world, which to this day is crowded with students from all parts of the globe. The Aga Khan III instituted the Aga Khan Foreign Scholarship programme for the promising students. It is worth mentioning here that Dr. Ziauddin was one of the students of the Aga Khan in the sense that the Aga Khan paid for his years of study at Cambridge. Among other great Muslim scholars, who benefited from the munificent help were Dr. L.K. Hyder, the well known economist, Mr. Wali Muhammad, a great physicist, Dr.Syed Zafarul Hasan, a learned theologian and philosopher, and Dr. Zaki etc. 'The Movement of establishing a Muslim University' writes Mumtaz Moin in his 'The Aligarh Movement' (Karachi, 1976, p. 184), 'is an important chapter of our history. Initiated by Waqar al-Mulk it soon became a live issue under the patronage of the Aga Khan.' Islamuddin writes in 'Aga Khan III' (Islamabad, 1978, p. 27) that, 'Thus it would not be an exaggeration to say that without Aga Khan, there would have been no Aligarh University, and without Aligarh, Pakistan would have been a near impossibility.' The Aga Khan himself said in his 'Memoirs' (London, 1954, p. 36) that: 'We may claim with pride that Aligarh was the product of our own efforts and of no outside benevolence and surely it may also be claimed that the independent sovereign nation of Pakistan was born in the Muslim University of Aligarh.'
The Aga Khan III paid another visit of Europe in 1904, and for the second time, he went to see his followers in East Africa in the following year.
In 1324/1906, the Aga Khan III liquidated the traditional jurisprudent committee, known as justi in the community. In replacement thereof, he founded the Council in Bombay, and appointed the Mukhis and Kamadias and other 20 persons as members. In 1327/1910, the Aga Khan III promulgated a legally drafted Constitution for the Shia Imami Council and ordained it under his personal seal. Ibrahim Muhammad Rawji had been appointed as its first president.
The Aga Khan III highly abhorred injustice and fought actively for both human and civil rights at a time when it was hardly a fashionable pursuit. He resigned from the exclusive St. Cloud Golf Club near Paris when some members objected to Sugar Ray Robinson, the black boxer playing on the links. In Aix-les-Bains, one day, he rubuffed the pompous head waiter of the Hotel Splendide who refused to seat a large group of Senegalese students and promptly invited them to a three-star lunch. The Aga Khan III was also deeply shocked by the ruthless and arrogant discrimination practised by whites in United States, India and China. During his brief visit to China in 1906, he remarked: 'Within the foreign settlements the general attitude towards the Chinese was little short of outrageous. All the better hotels refused them entry. From European clubs they were totally excluded. We hear a great deal about the colour bar in South Africa today. In China, in the early years of this century, the colour bar was rigidly imposed - not least offensively in discrimination against officials of the very government whose guests, under international law, all foreigners, were supposed to be. Is it any wonder that the China intelligencia long retained bitter memories of this attitude?'
Messages from the Vice-Chancellor
Selfishness of a few is destroying the career of the majority
It is truly a travesty of the glorious traditions of AMU, a fraud on the whole concept of students' rights and a grossly unethical practice to exploit a painful occasion of deep grief. It was with great personal agony that I have been watching closely the unfolding events in the University in the last couple of days. Those who are aware of the events of AMU in the last two decades know that the University has been tormented by periodic disturbances incited by certain groups of people with well entrenched vested interests. Every time, they were exploiting students to create trouble and 'fish' in the troubled waters. It is painful that, in AMU, Vice-Chancellors are never allowed to carry forward meaningful work.
The murder of a student outside the campus should have evoked widest possible sympathy and compassion to the deceased and the bereaved family. But in AMU,certain forces instead of mourning the death of the boy, have launched an unwarranted agitation with a slogan to dislodge the Vice-Chancellor, the Proctor, and the DSW, and thus create anarchy and confusion in the campus. It is a well known fact that the University cannot be blamed for the death of a non-resident student outside the precinct of the campus.
It deeply pains me, that after the dastardly murders of three students in 2007, perpetrated by different groups of conspirators, they are not allowing the Aligarh Muslim University to return to a normal level of functioning, enabling students from Schools to Colleges to attain excellence in their studies.
This periodic cycle of murders of innocent students and the subsequent effort to dislodge the Vice Chancellor exploiting sentiments of the students have become a familiar pattern in AMU. It is not a coincidence that during the period of my immediate predecessor these forces succeeded to start the Students' Union. Soon the campus slipped into the hands of goons and criminals. In 2007 the University had vacated about 1500 illegal occupants residing in the University Hostels. They indulged in looting, burglary, chain snatching, and other crimes including murder of innocents. Students' leaders and their supporters used the murder of two students in the campus in early 2007 a pretext to dislodge the then Vice Chancellor. They created serious law and order situations in the University resulting in the resignation of the Proctor, the Dean, Students? Welfare, Registrar and ultimately the Vice Chancellor had to flee from the campus for fear of his life. Is this not a vulturization of the magnificent AMU culture?
It has sent shockwave to me and every discerning soul that a handful of students could vitiate the atmosphere of an extremely pleasant and vibrant teaching and learning environment prevalent in the Aligarh Muslim University. It is a real tragedy that those who "finance and control them" from outside are coming out supporting the 'satanic' forces who are bent upon fomenting unrest in the University. I appeal to parents, students, ex-students and well-wishers of AMU to isolate and reject these .forces from our society. Please extend your support to our sincere efforts of maintaining a peaceful and tranquil environment in the University.
The closure of the University again is a painful event. It shows that the same forces are powerful. I have tried my best to avoid that. Teachers of AMU were extremely supportive of keeping the University open. But the agitating students did a great deal of damage to AMU by bringing people having dubious and criminal background from outside to the University campus, and incited the students. Some political party workers also added fuel to the students sitting in Dharna by giving inflammatory speeches, sowing hatred and vengeance in the University campus. They created uncertainty and fear of violence and further killings in the campus. Numerous attempts were made by hundreds of senior teachers in many groups to persuade the small bunch of agitators who were out to plunge the University in crisis but they remained unrelenting. The decision to close the University was taken after lengthy deliberations with Deans of Faculties, Principals of Colleges, some local members of the Executive Council and senior functionaries of the University. The University will be opened as soon as the situation stabilizes.
The same forces who were foisting unfounded allegations against me are in continuous 'VC - hunting' mode. Their aim is to ?fish? in troubled waters. The University Court and the Executive Council elected me with the largest ever number of votes in AMU history. But, ever since I began to function independently, I began to experience opposition from a small group who is dominating the University affairs for about two decades. My endeavour has been always democratic. All statutory bodies were activated and all decisions were taken in the best traditions of democracy.
Constitution of numerous Committees to elicit opinions from the academic community and experts from outside and Students Grievances Re-dressal Committees providing a monthly platform for students to express their grievances are vehicles for democratic functioning. I also interact with students on a one-to-one basis. The group of dissenters are causing enormous harassment to me. As a Vice Chancellor, they should allow me to function in accordance with the rules and powers vested in me.
To find a lasting solution to the genuine problems of the students, a Committee of Deans is working on list of grievances to be addressed to. The University also intends to activate the development projects for which money is already available and built up a system that help the students and teachers to excel in their endeavours.
I appeal to all students and parents to isolate these handful of misguided students and their invisible mentors and cooperate with the administration in running the. University and its maintained institutions in a very peaceful and academically vibrant manner.
Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis
September 20, 2009
Eid-ul-Fitr is once again at our doorstep. After observing the fast during the Holy Month of Ramzan and spending more time in prayers, and after paying our zakat, all of us are in a more elevated state of purity and spiritual satisfaction.
I am delighted to greet you on the eve of this festival. Eid Mubarak to every student, teacher and staff of AMU. I thank Almighty for the blessings and guidance received.
I have completed 27 months in AMU as your Vice-Chancellor. I would like to thank you for the understanding and support that I had enjoyed during this period. You remain the source of my strength.
The Aligarh Muslim University is on a resurgent track. The University has been able to generate nearly Rs. 400 crores for its various academic rejuvenation and expansion activities during XI Plan. A new building for Maulana Azad Library, a new hostel for disabled students, a hostel for girls, and addition of numerous facilities to various Departments of Studies, including new classrooms, lecture theatres etc. are on the anvil at a cost of Rs. 185 crores. Rs. 150 crores will be spent for the expansion and upgradation of J.N. Medical College. Rs. 50 crores will be spent for starting two Special Centres of the Aligarh Muslim University, one in West Bengal and the other in Kerala. A residential Civil Service Coaching Academy would start functioning very soon at a cost of Rs. 14
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Aligarh Muslim University to modernise infrastructureNEW DELHI: Barely a month after he took over Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (retired) has put in place plans to modernise campus infrastucture.
In a meeting with the HRD ministry recently, Shah asked for additional funds to augment capacity of the universitys kitchens, hospital and an additional hostel for foreign students.
Hi-tech impersonator caught in Aligarh Muslim Universitys engineering entrance examLUCKNOW: Arrest of an impersonator allegedly using electronic equipments for cheating in the Aligarh Muslim Universitys engineering entrance examination is not the first incident of its kind. There have been several incidents, which show how candidates apply their brain to device innovating copying techniques.
On Sunday, an impersonator, Merajuddin (19), was nabbed at AMU for using a high definition micro-camera in the wrist watch for scanning the question paper and sending images as MMS through mobile phone strapped on his thighs to Rashid at a coaching centre in citys Kapoorthala locality. After solving the multiple choice questions, Rashid was dictating the answer on mobile phone received by the accused on blue tooth receiver.
Aligarh Muslim University awaits Gens baton to induce disciplinePerpetually entangled in politics, internationally famed Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) awaits a military general with a baton to induce a dose of discipline.
The vice-chancellor designate Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah, who retired as the deputy army chief in 2008, spelled restoration of discipline in the campus and reviving the past glory of the AMU by emphasising on quality education as his priorities.
Appointment of an army general or a police officer as the vice-chancellor is not a cause celebre for any academic institution, but the selection of General Shah, elder brother of noted actor Naseerudin Shah, symbolises realisation of the great mess at the AMU.
My attempt will be to restore past glory of university and also the scholarship that it invoked 30 years ago, the 63-year old General said.
He is also concerned that many AMU alumni, like his father and father-in-law, have abandoned to suffix their names by Alig, which was a common practice to denote they have passed out from the AMU. I will revive the tradition and make the alumni proud of this institution, he added.
General Shah knows that he owes his selection to his military background. The community expects him to use baton and toughness to restore discipline, end nepotism and ensure uniform application of laws in the campus.
He, however, promised to give priority to students by raising their living standards and ensuring quality education.
AMU, Jamia strive to regain lost gloryMinority-serving institutions like the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia remain difficult places to govern, with unruly campuses and violence-prone students, documents accessed by HT show.The AMU is now banking on the universitys new vice-chancellor — a
former deputy chief of the Indian army — as a source of overhaul. I thank everybody for putting faith in a soldier, Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah, the new V-C, told. Yet, recent documents of the two universities raise larger questions about Muslims ability to run their own institutions, a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.
Last month, Delhis Jamia Millia Islamia told the Delhi HC that it was not prepared to hold student elections, citing a history of assaults on faculty and bloody fracas on campus.
Community leaders say much is being made of past incidents. Experts see the problems rooted in a Molotov cocktail of commercial interests and local politics. In 2007, a security meeting held by the then HRD minister Arjun Singh following three murders in AMU said the possibility of an al-Qaeda link should be probed.
It is absolutely fallacious to talk about al-Qaeda or other such elements, said associate professor Arshi Khan, adding the systemic problem had to do with staffers treating the university as their fiefdom.
Muslim educator and jurist Sir Sayyed Ahmed Khan had founded the Aligarh Muslim University (then Anglo-Mohammedan Oriental College) after returning from the Oxford in 1875.
According to veteran Urdu journalist Anis Jamaae, an old Jamia student, Jamias authorities have always feared that a powerful student union would hold them accountable.
But with Jamias minority status legally challenged again, says head of the Islamic studies Akhtarul Wasey, students ought to wait for some more time. That emotional appeal could cool matters down for the time being, an insider said.
Zameeruddin Shah is new Aligarh Muslim University vice-chancellorNEW DELHI: Lt Gen (Retd) Zameeruddin Shah was on Friday appointed as the new vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Shah, who is currently a member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, has been appointed for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier, informed an official of Union human resource development ministry in a statement.
Lt Gen Shah will put in his papers to the Armed Forces Tribunal and is expected to assume duties as vice-chancellor shortly, said an AMU spokesperson. Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah, the elder brother of actor Naseeruddin Shah, made it to the top post, beating two other short-listed candidates--Noor Mohammad, who retired as the secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority, and Syed Khalid Rizvi, a retired additional DGP of UP.
Sources said President Pratibha Patil, Visitor of the University, was expected to put her seal of approval on Shahs appointment after her return from abroad. The AMU Court, the highest governing body of the university, had shortlisted a panel of three names for the post and forwarded it to the President.
The University has been without a Vice-Chancellor for a month now, and eminent Muslims are lobbying for an expeditious appointment. Former Rajya Sabha member Wasim Ahmad, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, said the latter assured him that there would be no further delay in making the appointment and a decision to this effect would follow shortly.
Aligarh Muslim University organized a Workshop on Flood Disaster and its MitigationAligarh: The Centre for Disaster Management Studies, Department of Civil Engineering and Technology, Z.H. College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University organized a Workshop on Flood Disaster and its Mitigation.
Delivering the inaugural speech, Chief Guest, Prof. Hamid Ali, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology said India is a developing country and prone to a number of natural hazards. Floods, being one of the most dreadful of all hazards, pose a great threat to the very existence of life. He said that although the National Water Commission had established 175 flood monitoring and forecasting stations in different river systems covering major parts of the country, yet it failed to check the floods taking place in the country or mitigating their adversities. He called upon the Ministry of Water resources and the National Flood Commission to enact effective policies for flood control in the country and, if possible, channelize the excess water of the rivers through canals and rivers and take them to the regions where water is a scarce commodity.
The Guest of Honour, Prof. Ekram Husain, Principal, Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology pointed out that the geophysical studies have proved that more than a half billion people on our planet reside on river side and coastal flood plains where they produce 1-3 of world?s food production. However, these plains often go under flood
water causing great losses to human lives, herds of cattle, homes and agricultural crops. It also disrupts the communication links such as railways, roads and other communication services. He said there was a need for viable water management policy in the country as the current policies have failed to provide safety to the people from floods even in those areas where floods are a regular feature such as Bihar and Eastern UP.
Earlier, welcoming the guests and highlighting the objectives of the workshop, Dr. Javed Alam, Organizing Secretary said that there is a great need for carrying focused studies on the management of flood waters and the country has to be able to deal with the challenges of floods efficiently and turn the curses of the calamity into a boon for the people. He said it takes several months or even years for the communities to make up their losses even after the receding of floods waters.
Dr. D. R. Kaushal, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, Delhi speaking on ?Flood Modeling Softwares? argues that the South-West monsoon accounted for 75% to 90% of annual rainfall of the country. He said India has a coastline of about 8000 km which is prone to very severe cyclonic formations in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.
Dr. Kaushal said that the irregular and erratic distribution of rains in different parts of the country during monsoon is one of the reasons for loss of lives, property and agricultural crops in the wake of floods. The average area affected by floods annually amounted to about 8 million hectares while South-West monsoon is the main cause of severe floods in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam.
Dr. Syed Ahmad Ali, Department of Geology while presenting a paper on Flood Vulnerability Analysis using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques, said that floods are a natural and inevitable phenomenon of life in almost all the states of India and it depends on many factors such as climate, nature of the collecting basin, nature of the streams, soil and vegetative cover, amount of snow melt and over all rainfall. He said India is highly vulnerable to floods and out of the total geographical area of 329 mha, more than 40 mha is flood prone.
Dr. Mohd. Athar Ansari, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine delivered a lecture on Flood related Health Hazards: Prevention and Control. Dr. Mubeen Beg, Co-organizing Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
Five injured as students clash in Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh: Five students were injured in a clash between two rival groups at the Aligarh Muslim University, police said.
Violence broke out on Wednesday night when several men, armed with sticks and country-made firearms, allegedly broke into a hostel building on the University campus and went on a rampage following a minor altercation with a rival student group.
For nearly half-an-hour, pandemonium prevailed in the hostel compound as several shots were also fired, police said, adding that five students were injured in the melee. According to the police, an amount of Rs. 3 lakh, which was part of a students welfare fund meant for a function, was also looted.
A complaint has been lodged at Civil Lines police station against 17 people in connection with the violence.
The violence appears to be a planned attempt by vested interests and miscreants to disrupt the ongoing examination and admission tests of the University. Stern action will be taken against anyone found guilty, a spokesperson of AMU
Ansari almost missed V-C post in AMUA frontrunner in the race for Rashtrapati Bhavan, vice-president Hamid Ansari almost did not make it to the Aligarh Muslim University vice-chancellors post in 2000 that helped catapult the career diplomat into public affairs. The NDA government had rejected his name for the AMU vice-chancellors post but former president KR Narayanan put his foot down, according to an autobiography by then education secretary MK Kaw to be formally released this week.
In the book An Outsider Everywhere – Revelations by an Insider, Kaw wrote that he and education minister Murli Manohar Joshi wanted a second term for the incumbent Mehmud-ud-Rehman who had had a very peaceful stint at AMU.
As he (Ansari) had just one year and four months of service left, I had dismissed him in one sentence that it would not be wise to appoint a lame duck vice-chancellor just for a short period, the then education secretary MK Kaw wrote in his autobiography.
I had also commented that he had merely diplomatic experience and had no pretensions to academic administration, the 1961-batch retired IAS officer wrote. But Narayanan, who had to approve the appointment, sent the file back with a strong note in Ansaris favour.
He (Narayanan) had taken the trouble to counter my points with a one-page note signed by himself, wrote Kaw, whose objections to deploy Air India aircrafts for presidential visits in 1997 were overruled at Narayanans instance.
Ansari did get the job (May 2000-March 2002) that comes with a larger-than-life expectation of not just running the university but as one commentator put it, also act as an ex-officio leader of the muslim community.
In 2006, he was appointed as chairman of the National Minorities Commission in 2006 and the vice-president the next year. If he does make it to Rashtrapati Bhawan, he will be the second AMU V-C to make this journey. The first was Zakir Hussain, Indias third president.
ONGC visited Aligarh Muslim University to recruit students of B. Tech. FinalAligarh: The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) visited the Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University to recruit students of Mechanical Engineering (B. Tech. Final) and selected two students with a package upto Rupees 10.02 lakhs p.a. ONGC is a Fortune 500 company and is one of the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in Asia.
The recruitment team comprised of the Chief General Manager (Retired) and Executive Director (Retired) among others. In a short conversation with the Principal, Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Ekram Hussain and the Training and Placement Officer, Prof. (Mrs.) Tabassum Naqvi, the recruitment team expressed satisfaction on the overall qualification and skill of the interviewed students of the college and assured to recruit more in near future. The team members praised the campus location, teachers and students of the University.
With the present recruitment, the number of placements at Engineering College has reached 195 while results from two other companies are still awaited. It may be noted that the highest package offered to any AMU student till so far in campus placement is approximately Rs. 12 lakhs p.a.
Earlier this year, international companies such as IFFCO, Sharjah and Windmoller and Holscher, Germany visited the campus. Furthermore, offers from M-s Al Manwari International LLC, Muscat, Oman and South Korean University (Inha University) are under process
Thai envoy visited the Aligarh Muslim UniversityAaligarh: A team of the Royal Thai Embassy led by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the republic of India, Mr. Pisan Manawapat visited the Aligarh Muslim University and met the senior functionaries of the University to discuss various issues including the well-being of Thai students and enhancement of cooperation between the Kingdom of Thailand and AMU.
AMU Registrar, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, while welcoming the Thai delegates, said that more than one hundred Thai students are enrolled at AMU in different courses. He said that the University was interested in accommodating more Thai students.
Prof. Jaleel said that mostly Thai students preferred to reside outside the hostels of the University. He hoped that after the new AMU Vice Chancellor having assumed the charge, the University would be ready to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thai Embassy.
The Thai Ambassador, Mr. Pisan said that the Indian cultural influence on the Thai society has been most discernible. The Thai literary language and the official language contained Pali and Sanskrit serving as the Technical terminologies much the same way as Greek and Latin in the Western languages. He further said that the state ceremonies and court rituals in Thailand were heavily influenced by Indian culture and civilization. Referring to the role of the Aligarh Muslim University in the formation of Thai Muslim society, Mr. Pisan said AMU is considered one of the most prestigious institutions of the world and the majority of the Muslim students are interested to get admission in this University. He said that in 1970s, the number of Thai students in Aligarh was at the highest. He revealed that he was interested to providing scholarships and other incentives to the Thai students at Aligarh.
The Thai medical personnel accompanying the delegation interacted with the Thai students and organized a special medical checkup camp for them.The other members of the Thai delegation included Mrs. Sasirit Tangulrat, Minister Counselor, Mr. Worawuth Bunchaliew, Minister Counselor, Mr. Praphan Samphaiworkit, First secretary and Mr. Pitchaya Sonjai, Second Secretary on Education Affairs. Some prominent physicians of Mohidol University were also accompanied the Ambassador.
The visiting team paid a floral tribute to the tomb of the founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. On this occasion, Proctor and Foreign Students? Advisor, Prof. Mujahid Beg, Controller, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Dean Students? Welfare, Prof. Ainul Haq Khan, Dean Faculty of Medicine, Prof. M. H. Beg, Principal, J. N. Medical College, Prof. Ashraf Malik, Finance Officer, Mrs. Yasmin Jalal Beg, Incharge Foreign Students, Dr. Kalimuddin Ahmad and the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Rahat Abrar also participated in the deliberations.
Zameeruddin Shah set to be new AMU V-CNew Delhi: Lt Gen (Retd) Zameeruddin Shah is set to be appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), it is learnt.
Sources said President Pratibha Patil, Visitor of the University, was expected to put her seal of approval on Shahs appointment after her return from abroad. The AMU Court, the highest governing body of the university, had shortlisted a panel of three names for the post and forwarded it to the President.
It comprised Shah, former IAS officer Noor Mohammad and former IPS officer Khalid Rizvi. The University has been without a Vice-Chancellor for a month now, and eminent Muslims are lobbying for an expeditious appointment. Former Rajya Sabha member Wasim Ahmad, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, said the latter assured him that there would be no further delay in making the appointment and a decision to this effect would follow shortly.
Aligarh university students claim to have made worlds largest paper envelopeqAligarh: A group of students of the Aligarh Muslim University today displayed what they claimed was the worlds largest paper envelope.
The 39-ft x 27-ft envelope was made by 12 students of the AMU belonging to faculties of Engineering, Architecture, Fine Arts and Law over a period of ten days.
The envelope is addressed to the UN Peacekeeping operations and carries messages, signed by more than 10,000 youth, for promotion of world peace and prosperity, said Syed Nabeel Mehdi, leader of the group that made the envelope.
He said Guinness Book of World Records had been informed about this effort.
Mr Mehdi said the current world record for the largest envelope was established in 2010 by UK-based organisation Stanley and Co.
That envelope was also made by a group of students and had dimensions of 32-ft x 23-ft.
Addressing the presentation ceremony, Additional District Magistrate (City) D S Sachan lauded the efforts of AMU students for promoting the message of world peace and human brotherhood.
According to an AMU notification, the motive behind the the venture was to underline the significance of the ideals of human brotherhood which was promoted by the founder of AMU, late Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Aligarh Muslim University elects its first woman in teachers associationAligarh: After being in the news for alleged gender bias, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has for the first time elected a woman to its influential teachers association.
S Chandni Bi, assistant professor of history, has been elected to the powerful executive council of the AMUTA (Aligarh Muslim Unversity Teachers Association), officials said.
Its a significant development and I hope to further the cause of womens emancipation, a cherished wish of the founder of the AMU, Sir Syed (Ahmed Khan). I would say that the university is evolving and gradually responding to changing demands and perceptions. The AMU teachers association is an important body and can effect significant changes, Chandni Bi told.
Perhaps the time has now come for a major push to reforms to change the profile of this great institution, she added.
Chandni Bi was unanimously elected along with four other members -- Waseem Raja, Abdul Hakim Khan, Inamuddin and Shakir Ali -- to the executive council.
Ten applications were received for five vacancies of AMUTAs election commission by Chief election officer Saleem Akthar. Five withdrew and the remaining five were elected without opposition, according to Saleem.
The AMU has been in the news for the past few months with girls from various hostels demanding the free right to enter the library and to participate in the cultural programmes. Facilities for women teachers and girl students are lacking in some faculties, especially with regard to toilets, said a student not wanting to identify herself.
Womens College students have been waging a struggle to be permitted to enter the gates of the university Library, and equal rights on the campus. Activists say that Maulana Azad Library is the best and the biggest but female students from various undergraduate programmes are not permitted entry. But things will now begin to change, said Chandni Bi.
In February, some activists had presented then Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis with a concept paper that among others things discussed immediate issue of Maulana Azad library cards to the Womens College students and restarting and making available facilities of learning - including coaching facilities (CGC) and GEC facility.
The paper also said that the university should increase facilities in the womens college library; and upgrade facilities in the womens college so as to ease the pressure on students with regard to access to educational facilities.
Aligarh Muslim University elects its first woman in teachers associationAfter being in the news for alleged gender bias, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has for the first time elected a woman to its influential teacher's association.
S. Chandni Bi, assistant professor of history, has been elected to the powerful executive council of the AMUTA (Aligarh Muslim Unversity Teachers Association), officials said.
It's a significant development and I hope to further the cause of women's emancipation, a cherished wish of the founder of the AMU, Sir Syed (Ahmed Khan). I would say the university is evolving and gradually responding to changing demands and perceptions. The AMU teachers association is an important body and can effect significant changes, Chandni Bi said.
Perhaps the time has now come for a major push to reforms to change the profile of this great institution, she added.
Chandni Bi was unanimously elected along with four other members -- Waseem Raja, Abdul Hakim Khan, Inamuddin and Shakir Ali -- to the executive council.
Ten applications were received for five vacancies of AMUTA 's election commission by chief election officer Saleem Akthar. Five withdrew and the remaining five were elected without opposition, according to Saleem.
The AMU has been in the news in the past few months with girls from various hostels demanding the free right to enter the library and participation in the cultural programmes.
Facilities for women teachers and girl students are lacking in some faculties, especially with regard to toilets, said a student not wanting to identify herself.
Women's College students have been waging a struggle to be permitted to enter the gates of the university Library, and equal rights on the campus.
Activists say that Maulana Azad Library is the best and the biggest but female students from various undergraduate programmes are not permitted entry.
But things will now begin to change, said Chandni Bi.
In February, some activists had presented then vice chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis with a concept paper that among others things discussed immediate issue of Maulana Azad library cards to the Women's College students and restarting and making available facilities of learning - including coaching facilities (CGC) and GEC facility.
The paper also said the university should increase facilities in the women's college library; and to upgrade facilities in the women's college so as to ease the pressure on students with regard to access to educational facilities.
AMU students demand implementation of Sachar reportStudents of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have demanded from the Centre immediate implementation of recommendations of the Sachar Committee on backwardness of Muslim community.
At a convention of Muslim organisations here in the campus on Thursday, the AMU Students Union (AMUSU) announced that they will take up the issue of reservation of Muslims proportionate to their population in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, union president Syed Sharique Ahmad said it was a travesty of justice that reports of various enquiry commissions on different communal problems were biting the dust over the years.
Pointing out that the community was not making any new demands, he described the recent decision by the Centre to provide 4.5 per cent sub-quota to the community as a good but inadequate move.
Addressing the convention, Mufti Rashid Azmi of Darul Uloom Deoband, the largest Muslim seminary, pledged to support full support the the AMU students in this regard.
Several other representatives from various other minority Muslim organisations expressed their views in this regard.
CBI report: AMU VC committed financial improprietyThe CBI is believed to have found that Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor P K Abdul Azis had committed financial impropriety and knowingly claimed allowances for which he was not entitled.
The agency, in its interim report submitted to Union Human Resources Development Ministry, has said it would take a final view on these findings and other allegations once it completes the inquiry, CBI sources said.
When contacted, AMU Registrar Prof V K Abdul Jaleel said, We have not received copy of any interim report by the CBI. Hence, there is nothing to comment.
In its report, the CBI concluded that the Vice-Chancellor whose tenure is ending on January 17 committed financial impropriety and claimed TA on first joining, Home Town Concession when it was very well knowledge that he was not entitled for the same.
Azis had submitted bills worth Rs 81,654 for the travel of him and his family from Cochin to New Delhi and of Rs
93,053 for travel of his family from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram.
As per the existing AMU rules he was allegedly not entitled for claim of Rs 93,053, the CBI said in its report.
CBI sources said that it has found payment of personal income tax worth Rs 82,356 of the vice-chancellor and Rs
44,315 of V K Abdul Jaleel, Registrar from the University funds and their recovery in 11 interest-free monthly instalments was irregular and extension of undue favour to himself.
I had filed the complaint against him. We demand that inquiry should be conducted into his past background as well. We will request the President as well as the HRD Ministry to take cognisance of this report, Member of the University Court and former MP, Wasim Ahmed said on the development.
Nine AMU schools to get Rs. 84 crore for upgradeNine schools affiliated to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be brought on par with Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV). The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allocate Rs. 84 crore to the varsity to help these schools meet KV parameters.
A majority of the 15,000 students in these schools, including the one run by the AMU Students Union, are Muslims.
The decision came at a time when the UPA government has announced several schemes for the welfare of minorities in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. The government had announced 4.5 % reservation for minorities in 27% seats reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in jobs and admissions.
Upon a directive from the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, the UGC will also provide money to the varsity administration to take over ABK High School, started by the students union in 1946. The school has more than 3,000 students and 94 teachers.
However, the UGC has decided the school will be taken over only if the present management structure can be razed and the school staff upgrade their skills to fulfill KV norms. Time will be given to the existing staff to upgrade their skills, UGC chairperson Ved Prakash told. The UGC will increase the teachers salaries once they upgrade their skills.
Decks clear for AMU Centre in BiharKishanganj: Decks were been cleared for opening of the Centre of Aligarh Muslim University in Bihar's Kishanganj district with the state government and AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis signing an agreement for construction of the Centre on a single plot of 224.02 acre land at Chakla village in the district.
Azis and Kishanganj District Magistrate Sandip Kumar Pudkalkutty inked the agreement here this morning paving the way for starting construction of the AMU centre, official sources said.
The agreement was signed in presence of the state Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, HRD Principal Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Purnia Division Commissioner Brajesh Malhotra, besides Congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haque Quasmi.
The Vice Chancellor thanked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for making available the land to AMU authorities for opening the Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Yadav said the state government would provide all-possible help to the AMU administration for setting up the Centre.
Azis said the AMU Centre would be made functional if the state government makes available a rented building for the purpose till the construction is complete.
Bihar Government offered 224.02 acres of land in Chakla village on December 3, 2011. The AMU VC accepted the offer and wrote a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressing the desire to receive the land before the end of December 2011.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthy Parishad (ABVP) activists burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Kargil Chowk here against the transfer of land to the AMU administration for construction of AMU centre in Kishanganj.
ABVP Secretary Nishant Kumar said the organisation was opposed to the opening of the branch of AMU in Bihar.
Education to get priority in 12th Plan, says SibalUnion minister for human resource development (HRD), Kapil Sibal said that the health and higher education sector will get more allotment in the twelfth Five Year Plan.
Speaking after dedicating the off-campus of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Chelamala near Perinthalmanna in the district on Saturday, Sibal said funds would not be a problem for the growth of the off-campus centre here. The sad story of India is that out of every 100 students, only 15 per cent reach college. Nowhere in the developed world, is the percentage less than 30. By 2020 we will increase the percentage from 15 to 30, Sibal said.
He said that Indias real wealth does not lie in bank savings or other property but in developing intelligence and that the real wealth lay in the universities. Referring to the Aakash Android-based computer tablet, Sibal said that he now wants an Aakash tablet on the laps of every Muslim child.
Chief minister, Oommen Chandy said that the Malappuram district would be on the global map of higher education with AMUs Malappuram centre and proposed Malayalam University. He assured the union minister that the state government would ensure that all the basic infrastructure for the AMU Malappuram centre was put in place.
Minister for Power Aryadan Mohammed said agencies like ANERT would be asked in the next week to explore the possibility of setting up either a windmill or a solar energy project on the campus. If feasible, two-thirds of the expenditure would be borne by the centre and the state government and only the rest of the one-third need be paid by the university.
The opposition LDF boycotted the function pointing out that neither former MLA, V. Sasikumar, who they say was instrumental in allotting the land to the AMU centre in Chelamala, nor any LDF MLAs were invited.
Azis set to complete eventful stint at AMUDespite serious threats to his life and many corruption allegations against him, Dr P.K. Abdul Azis is set to complete his journey as vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), after introducing a series of reforms and expanding the coffers and horizons of the varsity.
A native of Thodupuzha near Kochi, and a former vice-chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Dr Azis bids adieu to AMU on January 17, 2012 after fulfilling his dream of setting up an AMU campus at Malappuram. The campus is scheduled to be inaugurated by the union HRD minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, on December 24.
Dr Azis says the resistance began the moment he began to introduce reforms at the varsity and he had to face these till the present time, but he carried on with what he felt was right.
Right from the first year following the death of a student, violence erupted on campus and my house was set on fire. I managed to escape because of the help of police, said Mr Azis.
A slew of corruption allegations were hurled at me and the former and the present HRD ministers and even president Pratibha Patil were petitioned. However I am confident that CBI and judicial investigations in this regard will prove my innocence.
Dr Azis said after taking over as VC in 2007, he ensured that AMU results were published on time. I could set the academic calendar in order. In fact, Ph.D. research numbers have gone up from 120-130 to 300.
Funded projects by DST, UGC and DBT have gone up from 50 in 2007 to 300 in 2011. From a .5 mbps connection, Internet speed has gone up to 1054 mbps today.
Classrooms are going digital and there is a world-class digital library now, which can be accessed by students from anywhere. While the outlay went up from `50 crore in 10th Plan to Rs183 crore in 11th Plan, we managed to generate grants to the tune of `550 crore over five years.
The VC said in 10 years from now both Malap-puram and Murshidabad campuses could aspire
to become independent
Plea against AMU VC: HC notice to Centre, CBINew Delhi: The Centre was asked today by the Delhi High Court to explain its failure to restrain Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Aziz from taking any administrative or policy decision amid a CBI probe into his alleged role in a case of financial embezzlement in AMU.Justice M L Mehta sought the reply of the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development to a plea by an AMU professor that despite a government order restraining the AMU VC from taking any administrative or policy decision amid the ongoing CBI probe, Aziz continues to take all decisions.The court also stayed an AMUs Executive Council meeting, which was to be convened today by Aziz to finalise the names of five candidates one of whom would be chosen his successor to the post of AMU VC from which he is to retire on January 17.
On a plea by AMU Professor Madihur Rehman Suhaib, who also heads an anti-corruption forum within the university, the High Court issued notices to the University Grant Commission, CBI and Aziz and sought their replies by January 11.
On Suhaibs plea, the court also directed CBI to file its status report on its probe against Aziz.
MPs to meet President on probe against AMU VCA group of current and former MPs will meet President Pratibha Patil next week to demand speedy completion of inquiry into corruption charges against Aligarh Muslim University vice chancellor P K Abdul Azis.
A large number of current and former Member of Parliament, including 10 of those who are also members of the University court, will be meeting the President of India next week in this (probe)connection, MP Asaduddin Owaisi said while addressing a meeting of AMU Teachers Association yesterday.
Owaisi and former Rajya Sabha MP Wasim Ahmad, who was also present at the meeting, said they have also written to Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal urging him to probe the manner AMU officials are blocking and delaying the ongoing inquiry by the two retired judges of Gujarat High Court.
They further alleged that one of the judges Justice A N Divecha became so upset that he asked HRD Ministry to relieve him from the two-member probe panel.
Meanwhile, the visitor nominee to Executive Council of AMU M I Shanavas, an MP, in his December 8 letter to HRD minister said unethical and illegal activities are being indulged at AMU by the VC and his coterie. He warned of university becoming a centre of chaos due to actions of Azis.
The letter also points out that December 19 annual meeting of AMU court, to elect pro-chancellor, Treasurer and six members of Executive Council, is being deliberately held to manipulate the elections.
Recently a memorandum was sent to the President seeking her intervention in postponing the annual court meeting.
Bihar to allot 224 acres of land for AMU centrePatna: Under attack from oppositon, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on Tuesday sanctioned allotment of land for opening a centre of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Kishanganj district.
A decision to this effect was taken by a state cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Chief Secretary Navin Kumar told reporters that the state government sanctioned allotment of land for the AMU study centre in Kishanganj.
A single plot of 224.04 acres of land was aquired by the district administration at Kishanganj near Chakla and Govindpur, Kumar said.
The Land and Revenue department would soon formally transfer the plot to the state Human Resource Department which in turn, will hand over the land to AMU administration for starting construction work, the Chief Secretary said.
Earlier, the AMU authorities had refused to set up the university's study centre in Kishanganj on the ground that the plot acquired for the purpose by the state was in three separate parts.
Opposition parties, including Congress, LJP, RJD and NCP had recently blocked road and railway track at Kishanganj accusing the state government of having failed to make available a Rs 250-crore plot to AMU at one place for starting construction of the study centre.
Aligarh Muslim University to open centre in KhuldabadThe Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has chosen the historic city of Khuldabad near Aurangabad for its sub centre in Maharashtra. The Aligarh Muslim University has informed the Government of Maharashtra that the Khuldabad site, comprising 332 acres of land, is best suitable to establish the AMU centre, said a press statement issued by the AMU.
The AMU, one of the premier central universities in the country, has centres in Murshidabad in West Bengal and Mallapuram in Kerala. A delegation of the AMU, led by vice-chancellor PK Abdul Aziz, had visited visited Khuldabad and Malegaon on October 26 to evaluate if the two sites have the required infrastructure and facilities.AMU vice chancellor, Professor PK Abdul Aziz, in a letter to the state government, said the availability of power and water and the logistic facilities among other things were reasons why Khuldabad was chosen.In his letter, the VC also requested the state to hand over the land to AMU and create the requisite infrastructure to set up the university.The state government said it has received the letter. We have received the letter and the government will work to expedite land allotment to the AMU, minister of state for minority affairs Fauzia Khan said.
Khurshid skips AMU event as students, teachers protestAligarh: Union Minister Salman Khurshid skipped the Founders Day function at the Aligarh Muslim University after protests by teachers and students who claimed that his attendance would give legitimacy to the Vice Chancellor who is facing graft charges.Khurshid, who was in the city to attend the commemoration meeting of Sir Syed Day, did not turn up for the event as the slogan shouting teachers and students blocked the entry to the campus. A large number of students had gathered outside the Vice-Chancellors lodge forcing the authorities to lock the gate.Students carrying placards saying Does Congress party support corruption? raised slogans against Khurshid and Vice Chancellor Prof PK Abdul Azis, who is facing an inquiry for alleged financial irregularities.
Fate of AMU centre in Bihar hangs in balanceBihar: Fate of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) centre at Kishanganj hangs in balance with Bihar government allegedly failing to provide a single plot of 250 acres to the AMU administration to open it.
Official sources said erstwhile AMU vice-chancellor P K Abdul Ajij while informing the state government in 2008 of the Centre's decision to open the centre at Katihar had asked for a single plot of land measuring 250 acres to 300 acres free of cost to begin construction.
But the state government acquired the required land in three separate pieces in Kishanganj district instead of making available land in Katihar.
"Since the land being made available by the state government is in three separate pieces at places along Bahadurganj-Thakurganj road, located around 6 km to 7 km from Kishanganj, the proposal has not been approved by AMU administration," the sources said.
Bihar Human resource Development department principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh had in a letter to AMU VC had justified the government's stand and said the state cabinet had already sanctioned the proposal to make available the land for the centre.
''There are several universities which have many campus far away from one to another, but the state government has arranged the land, though into three pieces, are close by,'' he said.
A fresh controversy has erupted with the Minister for Human Resource Development P K Sahi alleging that the AMU VC was 'doing politics' over the issue and had not obtain the required sanction from President Pratibha Patil, who is visitor of the university.
AMU student elections to be held in OctoberAligarh: Elections to the students union of Aligarh Muslim University will be held by last week of October, AMU authorities said on Thursday.
The union polls will be held by the last week of October, and in return the students will have to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the University, a release issued by the AMU administration said.Following the announcement, a group of students who have been holding an indefinite dharna near the Vice-Chancellors lodge announced to call off their protest.
AMU Teachers Association seeks VCs removalThe Aligarh Muslim University Teachers Association (AMUTA) has demanded the removal of the Universitys Vice Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis who is facing a CBI probe for alleged financial irregularities.
The AMU teachers have alleged that despite facing a CBI probe, senior university officials, including the Vice Chancellor, are rushing through with various projects and sensitive appointments which normally should not be handled by these officials until they are cleared of all charges.
When contacted, there has been no official reaction by the university authorities to todays demand of the Teachers Association.The Secretary of AMUTA Mustafa Zaidi said the HRD Ministry should not allow the present university dispensation to carry out the process for appointing the universitys next Vice Chancellor. The term of the present Vice Chancellor Professor Azis ends in January, 2012.
Zaidi said that under the existing AMU constitution, the outgoing Vice Chancellor is empowered to play a critical role in the selection process for appointing his successor. This is by virtue of his chairing crucial meetings of the universitys governing bodies which elect the universitys Vice Chancellor.
Zaidi said it will be a miscarriage of justice if a person, who is facing charges of financial bungling, is given the opportunity of choosing his own successor. Zaidi said last weeks meeting of the universitys Academic Council should serve as an eye opener and was a clear pointer to the pitfalls of allowing a lame-duck administration for taking key administrative decisions.
Referring to the meeting of the Academic Council, Zaidi said the meeting witnessed a well-orchestrated attempt by the Vice Chancellor and his supporters to push through a resolution seeking the termination of the ongoing CBI probe.
An attempt was made to project the probe as a grave encroachment on the autonomy of a minority institution, he said adding this move, however, had to be dropped when a senior faculty member strongly objected to this move by pointing out that the Academic Council is certainly not the appropriate platform for opposing a CBI probe.
Fai managed to rope in Indian journalists and intellectuals for ISI planSeparatist Kashmiri leader, Ghulam Nabi Fai, who according to the FBI was a paid agent of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, had roped in several eminent Indian journalists and intellectuals during his more than two decades of high-profile operations.
Kashmir-born and educated at the Aligarh Muslim University, Fai even managed get them in the drafting committee of his annual event, International Kashmir Peace Conference .
Fai, 62, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) from his house in Fairfax in Virginia, an affluent suburb of Washington D.C., on charges of receiving hundreds and thousands of dollars from the ISI and using them for lobbying at the Capitol Hill and holding seminars and conferences.
According to the 43-page FBI affidavit submitted to a US court, the ISI not only funded his Kashmir American Council (KAC), which was run from its headquartered in Washington, but also dictated his speeches, determined who was to be invited to the conferences and even the results.
The five-member drafting committee of the resolution adopted by the two-day conference from July 29th-30th, 2010 included the eminent Indian journalist and former Indian High Commissioner to Britain, Kuldip Nayar, former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Maleeha Lodhi, according to a press release issued by Fai on July 30, 2010.
The conference, held in the prestigious Gold Room of the Rayburn House at the Capitol, was on India-Pakistan Relations: Breaking the Deadlock over Kashmir .
The resolution titled Washington Declaration said the participants unanimously expressed grave concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir and urged the Indian government to withdraw its armed forces from civilian populated areas.
It also sought an impartial commission to investigate killings in a transparent manner.
According to another press release issued by the Kashmiri American Council for its annual 2010 conference the participants included Justice (Retd) Rajinder Sachar, journalist Harinder Baweja, Ved Bhasin, Editor-in-Chief of Kashmir Times, Gautam Navlakha, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly .
But his conferences were always Pakistan-centric and were heavy with anti-India agenda.
In its invitation sent to the press before the event, KAC listed the Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, as an invitee.
But Indian Ambassadors never participated in its conferences as they always knew who KAC was working for.
One of the purposes of inviting eminent Indian journalists and intellectuals was to gain some kind of legitimacy for KAC, highly placed Indian sources said, adding that some of the Indian invitees could have been taken for a ride by KAC.
However, many journalists and intellectuals did not fall into the ISI trap.
For instance, for the 2010 annual conference, Siddharth Varadrajan of The Hindu was listed as a panel speaker. He did not turn up, informing the organisers that he was bogged down in another pressing assignment.
I made some enquiries and decided not to attend, he said today when asked about his decision.
Among others in the drafting committee as members for the 2009 resolutions were Bhasin and Navlakha. In both the drafting committees, Fai was listed as a member in his capacity as the host.
The Washington Declaration issued at the conclusion of the two-day KAC conference at the Capitol Hill on July 23-24 urged the United States Congress to persuade the US Administration to support the appointment of a special United Nations envoy to Kashmir.
According to an overview of the KAC conference sent to the media after the 2009 event by Fai, Bhasin was quoted as advocating for Kashmir as an independent state in South Asia.
The only solution is an independent state in South Asia. The status quo is not a solution; the division of the state is not a solution, Bhasin was quoted as saying.
Reacting to this, Bhasin said over phone today, my policy to attend these conferences was to present my point of view with an objective of peace between India and Pakistan and a solution to Kashmir problem which satisfies the people (of Kashmir) and India and Pakistan .
On the issues of his reported advocacy of independent Kashmir State, Bhasin refused to comment.
He also said he was not aware that ISI had any links with conferences organised by Fai.
I was told that Kashmir diaspora in the US and other countries abroad were funding it through contributions, he said.
Speaking in the session, When Peaceful Protests Fail, What Next? , Gautam Navlakha, editorial consultant of the Economic and Political Weekly, reportedly warned that if the aspirations of Kashmiris continued to be ignored, the armed struggle could start again which will have repercussions for all of South Asia .
AMU to postpone faculty recruitmentThe Aligarh Muslim University postponed recruitment of lecturers, scheduled for Thursday, in the Faculty of Law in the wake of protest by the university teachers against AMU Vice Chancellor who heads the selection committee.
AMU Registrar V K Abdul Jaleel said the recruitment process has been postponed to uphold the sanctity and transparency of the selection process following objections pertaining to VC P K Abdul Azis, a release issued by the university here said.
The next date will be announced later, the varsity officials said.
AMU Teachers Association is opposing the recruitment process in view of the HRD Ministrys recommendation for CBI and CVC inquiries against Azis and some other senior varsity officials.
Azis has been charged with financial irregularities, violation of rules on Executive Council meetings, graft, poor academic record and even plagiarism in his D.Sc thesis. The university was closed sev
AMU researchers discover Nematode genusResearchers from the Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University claimed to have discovered a soil-inhabiting nematode in Assams Kaziranga National Park.
The teams findings have been reported in a leading international journal Nematology published from the Netherlands, university sources said.
The authors have named this new genus and species as Rhinodorylaimus Kazirangus on rhinoceros which is the flagship animal at this National Park, they said.
Prof Wasim Ahmad, who heads this project, said that the North-East of the country, where the nematode has been discovered is one of the worlds most notable biodiversity hotspots.
Nematodes play a very critical role in the soils ecosystem, he added.
AMU VC accused of retracting on study centreBihar Minorities Welfare Minister, Shahid Ali Khan on Thursday accused the Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor of not keeping up his promise to set up a study centre on the 250 acres land acquired in Kishanganj district of the state.
The construction of the proposed AMU study centre in Kishanganj is hanging in balance as the Vice-chancellor, Prof P K Abdul Azis retracted his promise to set up the centre alleging that the acquired land was not in one piece, the minister said.
Khan questioned the approval given during the inspection of the project and said if the university wanted the land in a single piece then why was an approval given by the VC for the acquisition of 250 acre land in three pieces.
Noting that the state government was firm on its decision to set up the AMU study center at Kishanganj, Khan said the government would construct roads from all three sides to connect the land for its smooth functioning.
AMU teacher-VC spat intensifiesAligarh: Senior teacher and convener of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Anti Corruption Forum M R Shervani on Thursday charged its Vice-Chancellor P K Abdul Azis of using pressure tactics to break teachers hunger strike.Shervani, who is on an indefinite hunger strike from May 16 in support of the Teachers Association demand for removal of the VC and Proctor, has written to the SSP seeking adequate security for agitating teachers.On May 17 some unidentified persons tried to intimidate the protesting teachers, he alleged adding that the VC was using pressure tactics to end the teachers agitation.Both the Teachers Association and Students Union are on hunger strike demanding the removal of the Vice Chancellor.
Secretary of Teachers Association M Zaidi said that they fear the VC would not hesitate to use unfair methods to break their agitation.Meanwhile, the VC has reiterated that the Teachers Anti-Corruption Forum was an illegal body and was trying to disturb campus peace and derail examinations.We will not allow anyone to hold the campus to ransom, the VC said.The AMU Teachers Association has dubbed the VCs move for instituting a judicial inquiry into the last months campus violence as an eyewash designed to buy time.
AMU to reopen on May 13Under pressure from different quarters, the Aligarh Muslim University authorities on Tuesday decided to prepone the reopening of the varsity by three days.
The University will now reopen in a phased manner from May 13 instead of May 16, an AMU release said.
Hostel facilities will now be available to all final year students of different faculties from May 13. The annual examinations will commence from May 18, it added.
In another major decision, the University authorities have also conceded the demand for providing accommodation to all internal students appearing in the Engineering entrance test scheduled for May 14.
Halls of residence for pre-final and semester II students will be available from May 21.
The University had been closed indefinitely on April 30 last following a clash between two groups of students.
AMU VC orders hostel search to seize fire armsAmidst allegations of Aligarh Muslim University students stocking fire arms in some hostels, its Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis Thursday ordered a search to seize any such material.
In view of official reports that warring student groups have stored fire arms in some hostels, the university authorities will carry out extensive search in hostels to seize any such material, Azis said in a statement here.
The Proctor has been authorised to complete the operation within the next three days, he said.
Proctor Beg Mujahid Beg in a press conference on Monday had alleged that some hostels were being used by students for stocking fire arms. Condemning the statement, AMU Teachers Association had passed a resolution describing the remark as irresponsible, baseless and defamatory.
AMU VC orders hostel search to seize fire armsAmidst allegations of Aligarh Muslim University students stocking fire arms in some hostels, its Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis Thursday ordered a search to seize any such material.
In view of official reports that warring student groups have stored fire arms in some hostels, the university authorities will carry out extensive search in hostels to seize any such material, Azis said in a statement here.
The Proctor has been authorised to complete the operation within the next three days, he said.
Proctor Beg Mujahid Beg in a press conference on Monday had alleged that some hostels were being used by students for stocking fire arms. Condemning the statement, AMU Teachers Association had passed a resolution describing the remark as irresponsible, baseless and defamatory.
Aligarh university shut down after violenceAligarh: A day after violence involving students on the campus, the administration of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday announced the closure of the university sine die.AMU Registrar VK Abdul Jaleel, while issuing the closure notice, said all students have been ordered to vacate the hostel within 48 hours.
According to a notification of assistant controller (examinations), all examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed. Their next date will be announced later.On Friday there were three rounds of violence between armed groups of students. No one was injured.
Following the violence linked to the universitys internal politics, the district authorities advised the AMU registrar and the proctor to close the university.A university official said, AMU Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis is in Kerala at present and will return on May 3. The situation will be reviewed on his return,.
In his message from Kerala, Azis assured the students that the university will be reopened shortly and all examinations will be rescheduled. He said that it will be ensured that students do not suffer any academic loss.
This is the third time that the university has been closed during the term of Azis, who is facing a probe for alleged irregularities.Azis said that the decision of sine die closure of the university was taken to save the lives of students and maintain peace.The university authorities have arranged transport for students told to vacate the hostel.
Aligarh: AMU shut down indefinitely after violent clashes; 17 injuredAligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University was on Saturday shut down indefinitely following violent clashes between two rival groups of students that left around 12 of them injured.One group belonging to Bihar and eastern UP and the other to western UP and some others parts opened fire and indulged in brick-batting in the university campus last night.The AMU has been closed sine die in the early hours of today following a faction feud between two groups, AMU spokesman Rahat Abrar said.About half-a-dozen students belonging to two factions have been injured in incidents of firing and brick-batting between the rival groups, he said.However, police sources said that around 12 have been injured in the clash and around six of them have received pellet injuries.The trigger for the clashes was a scuffle between some students who had gone to the University Controller of Examinations on Thursday to point out some irregularities.
Prominent student leader Mushtaq Ahmed said, The main clash took place last evening when a group of students had gone to the university proctors office to file a complaint regarding a clash between two rival factions near Zakaria market adjoining the university campus.Mushtaq, who was the convenor of the student action committee which earlier played a key role in the restoration of the AMU students union, alleged that while one group of students was entering the proctors office unprovoked firing was triggered off by some unruly elements who were present at the proctors office from before.Abrar said orders have been issued to vacate all hostels within next 48 hours.The decision to close the university was taken on the basis of a report by the district administration suggesting that the situation could worsen if strong precautionary measures are not taken, he said.Demanding a probe into the incident, Mushtaq said all student leaders are trying their best to restore complete normalcy at the campus so that the entire exam schedule and academic calendar is not completely thrown out of gear. The main university exams are scheduled for next week.Former secretary of the AMU teachers association Jamshed Siddiqi said, Yesterdays violence is a result of the complete moral failure of the entire university administration. He has demanded immediate action against those officials responsible for this incident.Wasim Ahmed, former Rajya Sabha member and present member of the AMU court, has demanded the immediate removal of the present AMU administration including the vice chancellor blaming them for the present crisis.Ahmed said yesterdays incident marks a total breakdown of law and order at the campus and the central government should no longer remain a mute spectator to wrong doings which have been going on at the campus since the last few years.
Aligarh university closed after violenceA day after violence involving students on the campus, the administration of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday announced the closure of the university sine die.
AMU Registrar V.K. Abdul Jaleel, while issuing the closure notice, said all students have been ordered to vacate the hostel within 48 hours.
According to a notification of assistant controller (examinations), all examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed. Their next date will be announced later.
On Friday there were three rounds of violence between armed groups of students. No one was injured.
Following the violence linked to the universitys internal politics, the district authorities advised the AMU registrar and the proctor to close the university.
AMU shuts down after students clashAn uneasy calm prevailed on the Aligarh Muslim Univeristy (AMU) premises on Saturday after violent clashes between two rival student groups around 11pm on Friday. The warring students opened fire at each other and 11 students were injured in the fight. The varsity was closed sine die (indefinitely) this morning, but student groups resisted the order to vacate the hostels.
Simmering discontent among student groups since the students union elections in January is suspected to be a reason for the clashes, but the flare-up occurred after some staff in the examination controllers office allegedly assaulted a student leader, Musthaq Ahmad, on Thursday after an argument over a change in address in admission form.
The alleged beating up of the student leader brought the rival student groups face to face and they clashed in a market, which shut down amid pelting of stones and firing. The students misbehaved with a sub-inspector who tried to stop the fight. Later, a group of students went to the proctor office to complain about the clashes but had another altercation with students already sitting in the office. Stones were hurled again and shots were fired from the proctors office.
A strong police contingent has been deployed in the campus after the clashes.
Meanwhile, the universitys teachers association as well as the students body (AMU students union) have challenged the sine die and opposed the district administrations involvement in decision-making at the university after the clashes.
AMU students union president Abu Affan Farooqi said the sine die was uncalled for. It is affecting 28,000 students of AMU and those coming for entrance exams. We will not vacate hostels and if the administration uses force, it will be responsible for the consequences, added Farooqi.
This is the third sine die in AMU during the four-year tenure of vice chancellor Prof PK Abdul Azis, who is currently in Kerala. He told the university would be reopened shortly. He justified the closure of the university and said the university authorities had saved the lives of several innocent students who were being used by anti-social elements and other persons to turn the campus into a battlefield.
Three get life term for students murder in AMUGhaziabad: A special CBI court sentenced to life imprisonment three students for murdering fellow student Kaushar Salik Majhar in the Aligarh Muslim University campus in 2007.Special CBI court judge Justice Shyam Lal on Thursday awarded the life sentence to Zafar Masood, Mohmmad Asif and Rahis Quareshi for the murder of the B-Tech student on April 25, 2007.The court had pronounced all three accused as guilty after the hearing on Wednesday and had reserved the quantum of sentence for Thursday.
The murder was investigated by the CBI after the case was transferred to the agency by the state government.
Nitish promises Central university in MotihariPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that a central university will come up in Motihari, the district headquarters town of East Champaran.
"It is now hundred per cent sure that the central university will be set up in Motihari," Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of 'Janata Darbar Programme' here.
"We have already written to the Centre about it...the university will come up there," he said.
Kumar said Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal would come here tomorrow to lay the foundation of the new campus of IIT Patna which is currently run from the campus of the Patna polytechnic college.
Referring to the proposed study centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Kishanganj, he said the state government has acquired land for the purpose.
The government has also acquired 100 acres for NIT, Patna.
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AMU V-C guilty or innocent?The two judges of a Presidential panel probing corruption allegations against the Aligarh Muslim University vice-chancellor have submitted diametrically opposite findings, leaving the government embarrassed. Probe panel chairman Justice BA Khan has exonerated PK Abdul Azis on key charges of financial impropriety while his colleague — Justice AN Divecha — has found Azis guilty on the same charges. The two judges submitted separate, contradictory findings — instead of a consolidated report they were required to finalise — to HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Monday, sources have told.
Justice Divecha, former judge at the Gujarat High Court, found Azis guilty of misuse of university funds for personal and family trips. But Justice Khan, former chief justice of JandK HC found Azis innocent of illegalities and at most responsible for administrative irregularities.
Their submissions are an interim report since the judges are yet to examine other allegations against Azis, but the sharp divisions are likely to make it impossible for the probe panel to continue. Justice Divecha had asked the HRD ministry to relieve him from the probe, accusing AMU of deliberately lying to delay the enquiry.
The divide between the probe judges is embarrassing for the government since it has spent over R50 lakh on the enquiry which has now yielded no decisive verdict.The government may also face political embarrassment since over 100 MPs from across party lines have over few months pressed the HRD ministry and the President for an early conclusion to the probe and action against Azis. Some MPs and former MPs have also demanded a CBI probe against Azis. The Congress is concerned about the impact of the AMU crisis on the 2012 UP polls.
President Pratibha Patil first set up a two-member probe against Azis in February 2009. The panel was dissolved after open bickering between the two members. The panel of Justices Khan and Divecha was set up last year with a mandate to submit its report in three months.
RJD create ruckus in assembly over AMU campusPatna: Charging the NDA government with insincerity on setting up the proposed Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus in Bihars Kishanganj district, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members on Friday created ruckus in the state legislative and shouted slogans against the state government.
As soon as the question hour commenced, RJD MLAs stormed into the well of the state Assembly shouting slogans against the state government over inordinate delay in setting up the AMU campus at Kishanganj and alleged that the former was apathetic towards the minorities aspiration for higher education.
The RJD leaders also tried to introduce an adjournment motion for a threadbare discussion on the AMU campus issue in the House, but speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary rejected the demand and asked the opposition members to take their seats to allow the agendas to be discharged by the House.Leader of opposition Abdul Bari Siddique too pleaded with the agitation members to resume their seats upon which the opposition members stopped slogan shouting and took their seats.
Earlier, the opposition MLAs had raised slogans against the state government on the AMU campus issue outside the gate of the state Assembly even before the commencement of todays business.The proposed AMU campus at Kishanganj aimed at catering to the higher education needs of minorities, is yet to begin construction works due to non-allotment of required land by the state government
AMU to influence the pollsAMU: red, green and saffron! From a distance of 2,694 kilometres one university is set to influence the coming polls of the state with the highest literacy rate in the country! And it is Delhi that has made this possible. Last year, Central Human Resources Ministry had decided to set up five AMU off-campus centres in the country. One such selected was at Malappuram, a Muslim majority district, with a rider: the state government must provide 400 acres of land. And this opened a Pandoras box.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) claimed the credit for this. The Left Democratic Front Government, led by Communist Party of India (Marxist) saw a political game plan in this and slowed down the process. Suddenly politics, especially in the Malappuram district, became AMU-centric. The Hindu organisations too did not lag behind. Saffron students organisations like ABVP claimed, interestingly, that this move will promote anti-national activities!
The LDF realised it needed to encash this and identified land at Elamkulam village in Perinthalmanna, birthplace of late Marxist ideologue EMS Namboothirippad. The original plan of land from the village of a well known IUML leader was thus unceremoniously dropped.
Though the IUML had handled the education department many a time at the Centre as an alliance partner of Congress governments, they had failed to get such largesse. The CPI(M) widely publicised this and roundly booed the IUML MP E Ahmed on this score. The party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan buttresses this argument and says: Everything that has helped the Muslim community, including the formation of Malappuram district and setting up the Calicut University, has been our achievement. The AMU off-campus was our recommendation by the CPM state education minister, to the Centre.
Muslim organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami, Students Islamic Organisation, Sunni Youth Front and others are now gunning for the IUML for its failure, aiding the CPI(M). The IUML, on the back foot, realised that ignoring the issue would be counter productive and decided to take it up during its campaign. During electioneering last week, Ahmed led from the front and looked to make this a main plank. The IUML has decided to call family meetings to counter LDF. And the saffron bodies want to expose the hoaxes of both the reds and greens.
Malappuram district is an IUML bastion. During the last general elections, Congress-led UDF lost all the seats against the LDF in the state, except Manjeri in this district. This time after delimitation, Manjeri has merged into Malappuram and it has become a prestige seat for the IUML. And it wont be a cake walk for any party. For though the issue is that of a campus, the elections are not really as simple as campus polls!
Free innocent Muslims: AMU studentsAligarh: The confession of a Hindutva activist on his involvement in several terror attacks called for the immediate release of Muslims detained for these crimes, a student group here said.The Sir Syed Educational and Welfare Movement made the demand in a memorandum to United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi that was submitted to Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.Its secretary Syed A Rahim said that many Muslim youths were detained after the bomb attacks in Hyderabad, Ajmer and Malegaon and on the Samjhauta Express that plies between India and Pakistan.It said but Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) activist Swami Aseemanands admission that it was Hindutva activists who were to blame for these bombings proved that the detained Muslims were innocent.He said It is clear that the Muslim youths were picked up as part of the Hindutva organisations conspiracy to malign them.The Movement, a socio-cultural body of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), urged the government to either order a speedy trial or release the detained youths.
Farooqi becomes new AMU student union chiefAligarh: Aligarh Muslim University Students Union today got brand new office bearers after a gap of four years as election results were announced amidst widespread celebration at the campus.Undergraduate law student Abu Affan Farooqi was elected President of the students body after obtaining 4,830 votes, defeating his nearest rival Syed Mohammad Waseem by a margin of 1,125 votes.While undergraduate arts student Syed Umar Qadri was elected Vice-President, engineering student Amir Qutub, who had earlier launched a website for students welfare, was elected as the Secretary.Though for the first time in the history of the institution two women contested for posts of president and honorary secretary, neither managed to win.The three winners of the top positions were closely associated with the Students Action Committee which led the three-month-long landmark agitation last year for restoration of the students union which was dissolved in 2007.
AMU probe delayed, may miss deadlineA judicial probe into allegations of corruption against Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis is almost certain to miss a strict deadline set by the government and an upset President, raising demands for a CBI enquiry instead. The probe panel has adjourned a crucial January 14-16 hearing it had called to finalise its findings before the January 31 deadline set by President Pratibha Patil and the human resource development ministry.
Failure to meet the deadline will represent the seventh time that the probe panel - headed by justice BA Khan and justice AN Divecha - has been unable to complete its task according to the timeline it has been given. Justice Divecha and the petitioners against Azis have repeatedly argued that the delay is a result of the universitys attempts at stalling progress of the panel.
Justice Divecha even threatened to quit the panel, forcing HRD minister Kapil Sibal to personally intervene to diffuse tensions. AMU had lied to delay proceedings in the enquiry, justice Divecha had alleged. The university is clearly disinterested in the probe. The only way out is to dissolve the probe panel and hand over the enquiry to the CBI, former MP Waseem Ahmed, one of the principal petitioners against Azis, told .
The latest adjournment comes after justice Divecha injured himself and informed the HRD ministry and the university that he would not be able to attend the January 14-16 hearing. He however very clearly in his letter asked the government to allow justice Khan to carry on with the proceedings in his absence.
The university counsel Ejaz Maxbool however on Friday argued before justice Khan that the panel adjourn the hearing because of the absence of justice Divecha. The adjournment was granted.The President first ordered a probe against Azis in early 2009. The original probe panel was dissolved amid differences between the members.
AMU student union polls only in January: V-CAligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor PK Abdul Azis on Monday said that he was willing to conduct student union elections but only in January, contrary to early polls demanded by students backed by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi. Summoned by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal to Delhi, the VC told the minister that it would not be possible to hold the student union elections earlier than January when the university reopens after its winter break.
Sibal did not tell Azis to rush the elections — AMU, like all Indian universities is autonomous and the HRD minister has no direct powers over its functioning. However, sources confirmed that the HRD ministry would like AMU to hold the elections earlier than January if possible.
Gandhi had taken a team of students from AMU, Banaras Hindu University and Allahabad University — all UP-based central varsities — to meet Sibal on Saturday seeking the reconstitution of unions. Students unions in AMU, BHU and Allahabad University have been suspended since 2006, 1997 and 2004.
I told the minister that given our busy academic and administrative calendar over the next few months, it would not be possible to hold the student union elections before January 14, when AMU reopens after the winter vacation, Azis said after his meeting with Sibal.
AMU has examinations starting this month and is also busy inaugurating campuses in Murshidabad, West Bengal on November 20 and in Mallapuram, Kerala in December.
AMU VC website on Sir Syed Ahmad KhanThe Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. PK Abdul Azis will launch the website Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, by Dr. Masarrat Ali, an alumnus from USA on April 29, 2010 at 5.15 pm in the Cultural Hall of Maulana Azad Library, AMU Aligarh.
Dr Masarrat Ali is a well-known entrepreneur at San Antonio, Texas, USA. He has been awarded Ronald Regan Gold Medal Award in 2009 and has been nominated as an official candidate of Barack Obamas Democratic Party to run for the House of Representatives elections in Texas.Dr Masarrat Ali has done a marvellous job for digitising the entire collection of books written by and on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University.
The website has more than 110,000 pages of historical documents related to Sir Syed, MAO College and AMU history.
AMU Registrar, Prof. VK Abdul Jaleel will be the guest of honour.
Sting on AMU Prof: 2 TV reporters heldThe police on Monday arrested two local TV reporters who conducted a sting operation on an Aligarh Muslim University professor having consensual sex with another man on February 8. The reporters, Syed Adil Murtaza and Shiraz, were charged with forcibly entering the house of Prof Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, 64, and causing him physical harm. The police had earlier refused to register a first information report when Siras complained that the reporters had invaded his privacy and beat him up.Reacting to the arrests, AMU Teachers Association President Mukhtar Ahmad said, We want the police to interrogate the two fairly so that the truth behind the sting operation which culminated in the tragic demise of our colleague is fully unravelled.Some senior AMU officials, including Siras colleagues, are also likely to be questioned in connection with the case, said a police official who did not want to be named. Mondays arrests came 12 days after Siras, reader and chairman of AMUs department of Modern Indian Languages, was found dead in his flat under mysterious circumstances on April 7.
He died a few days after he returned from Nagpur, where he owned property worth Rs. 3 crore, to which his ex-wife has laid claim. Siras was to retire in September. Doctors who conducted the post-mortem examination on his body did not ascertain the cause of his death, saying consumption of some poisonous substance or a heart attack could have caused it.
They had said a forensic report of his viscera and heart would provide a clearer picture.Siras was suspended from his post for gross misconduct the day after video clips of the sting operation were shown to the AMU authorities.
Siras then approached the Allahabad High Court, which upheld his plea on April 1 and ordered the university to reinstate him.
AMU administration behind Siras death: TeachersGay sex episode involving 64-year-old Marathi teacher and Chairman, Department of Modern Indian language of Aligarh Muslim University, Dr Shriniwas Ramchandra Siras has crippled the Aligarh Muslim University in the past few weeks. The situation on the campus is already on the boil over fact finding enquiry against Professor P K Abdul Azis, the Vice Chancellor of AMU, on the charges of using AMU funds for self and other administrative and financial lapses occurred during his regime. This fact finding enquiry was instituted by the President of India Pratibha Patil in her capacity as visitor of Aligarh Muslim University.
The situation took a turn for the worse when Dr S R Siras, the gay Professor of AMU was found dead in mysterious conditions in his flat on April 7. Now, the death mystery of Dr S R Siras has deepened in campus. Who is responsible for his unwarranted death--AMU administration, police or media?
The majority of the teachers of AMU believe that the university administration, particularly the Vice Chancellor, Professor P K Abdul Azis is responsible for Siras death. Siras was continuously harassed for quite some time and recently he was not allowed to join his duties even after the stay order granted by the Allahabad High Court against the suspension order of the University. Dr Jamshed Siddiqui, the Secretary of AMU Teachers Association said AMU Teachers community has always been opposed to the suspension of S R Siras. Teachers are hostile towards the action of the V C as it is clearly a violation of Siras right to privacy.
The Mohmmod Naved Khan, teacher of Department of business administration of AMU indicated that this is a tactic of the VC to divert attention from negative publicity that he has been receiving following the recent inquiry that has been ordered by President of India Pratibha Patil. Dr Islam also noted that the care issue with respect to the incident involving Dr Siras was one of privacy. There is no space within Islamic traditions for instruction into the private sphere.
However, the family members of Dr Siras are accusing both Aligarh Police and AMU Administration for the death. They said that role of Aligarh Police is doubtful as Siras was very much disappointed from unauthorised sting operation of three TV channel reporters. Dr Siras tried to lodge FIR against the three TV reporters and four AMU official but Aligarh police refused to register FIR made by Siras. The attitude of police broke Siras mentally.
Kin want gay teachers death probedThe family members of Aligarh Muslim University professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras — found dead on Wednesday — met the police on Saturday and demanded a probe to ascertain if he committed suicide or was poisoned. Sirass family met us and demanded an impartial inquiry, Superintendent of Police Maan Singh Chauhan said. Siras, who was suspended — but later reinstated — in February, following a video clip showing him having sex with another man, was the Chairman of AMUs modern Indian language department.
There were reports that Sirass postmortem confirmed he died of poisoning, though Chauhan said his viscera has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Agra to ascertain the exact cause of death.Earlier, a case of criminal trespass, assault and wrongful confinement was lodged against seven persons based on a petition filed by Siras on March 4.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Aligarh passed the orders on Friday against AMU Proctor Zubair Khan, his deputy Dr Fareed Ahmad Khan, PRO Dr Rahat Abrar and media advisor Professor N A K Durrani, and TV reporters Adil Murtuza and Aasu.
The CJM was approached by Siras on April 5, two days before his death.
Gay teachers death: FIR against Aligarh university officialsActing on court orders, a first information report (FIR) was registered on Saturday against four Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) officials and some journalists for breaching the privacy of gay varsity teacher SR Siras, who was found dead on Wednesday. Siras was filmed in a consensual homosexual act with a rickshaw puller in his room in the AMU premises and was suspended from the university in February for gross misconduct.
He had filed a case in the chief judicial magistrates (CJM) court accusing the AMU officials and some journalists of intruding into his privacy by carrying out a sting operation on him. Four AMU officials - Zubair Khan (proctor), Farheed Ahmad Khan (deputy proctor), Rahat Abrar (public relations officer), NAK Durrani (media adviser) and three local journalists have been booked under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, police Inspector Ghanshyam Singh told reporters in Aligarh.
They have been booked under several sections including, 347 (wrongful confinement), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour person), 452 (house trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), he added. Though the case was registered late Friday on the directions of the court, the FIR was lodged on Saturday morning.
The certified copy of the CJM courts order was issued Friday itself, directing the police to register the case against the varsity officials and journalists of local TV channels, Sirass counsel Satyendra Chauhan said. Siras had also moved the high court against his suspension. The court had stayed his suspension as well as the varsitys order of vacating his official accommodation on April 1.
Siras was associated with the AMU since 1988 as a lecturer of Marathi and was promoted as reader in 2003 under the Career Advancement Scheme.
Gay AMU prof found deadAligarh Muslim University teacher Srinivas Ramchandra Siras — suspended for allegedly having gay sex and later reinstated — was found dead at his residence in Aligarh on Wednesday. Chairman of the universitys modern Indian language department, Siras was due to retire in September.
•Death of AMU gay professor wrapped in mystery He vacated his university accommodation after his suspension on February 9 and shifted to a rented house.Amit Kumar, Siras neighbour, said Siras returned from his hometown Nagpur two days ago. On Wednesday, a foul smell started emanating from his apartment. Receiving no response from inside, Kumar peeped in and found Siras on the bed. He promptly informed the police.
The police broke open the door and found his pillow soaked in blood. A book was found nearby and some other books were scattered on the floor. Superintendent of Police Mansingh Chauhan said no reason could be attributed to the death as of now.
On April 2, the Allahabad High Court stayed suspension order on Siras, who joined AMU in 1998. He was suspended following a video clip showing him having sex with another man.
BJP, JD (U) at odds over AMU campus in BiharBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars plan to allow Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus in the Muslim-majority Kishanganj district is the new irritant in the BJP-Janata Dal (United) ties. None of the ministers of the BJP, which is the junior partner of the JD (U) in the ruling coalition, objected when the cabinet decided to grant 243 acres for the campus last month. But the BJPs student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, is up in arms. It decision would encourage separatists in the state, it says. It has called a statewide shutdown on April 1 against the move and police action against its members in Patna on Monday that left many injured.
Bihar is due for assembly elections in October. Kumar is working overtime to get the Muslim support for his party.
While the BJP ministers are keeping mum, the ABVP leaders have described Kumars decision as a dangerous move. Kishanganj is hot-bed of Islamist activity and infiltration from neighbouring Bangaldesh is changing the demographic profile of the district, they claim.
We do not want the AMU. This institution stands under the terrorists shadows and had a role in the nations partition, said ABVP Bihar secretary Gopal Sharma. We will never allow the AMU campus here.Kishanganj is one of the four places where AMU proposes to have its centres. Mallapuram in Kerala, Farakka near Murshidabad in West Bengal and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh are the other three places. Kerala and West Bengal governments have already set aside land for the university.
Kumar has played down the opposition to the AMU campus. The government, he said, was committed to improving standard of education in the state and it has nothing to do with any community.The differences between the coalition partners have also exposed divisions within the BJP over ties with Kumar. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who is close to the CM, was hooted away from the hospital when he and some other BJP leaders came to inquire after injured activists. The students, however, did meet some BJP leaders, who are opposed to Kumar.Senior JD (U) leaders believe that the BJP MLAs are quietly backing the ABVP campaign. The state government should hear out the ABVP, which is a nationalistic minded body, said BJP vice-president Kiran Ghai.
AMU, gay activists lock horns over professors suspensionThe suspension of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras over his alleged involvement in a gay sex scandal has pitted the AMU administration and gay rights activists against each other - with the former accusing him of violating cultural norms and the latter of trampling their rights.
Professor Siras was allegedly filmed having consensual gay sex with a local rickshaw puller. When the matter was brought to the notice of the college authorities he was suspended Feb 9. However, Siras has contested the charges by saying that whatever he was doing in his home was his personal matter and he had committed no academic crime.
Three people posing as journalists barged into his campus home Feb 8 and installed secret cameras to catch him having consensual gay sex with a rickshaw puller. They then sent the video clipping to the university administration.
Gay rights activists have openly come out in support of Siras.
Those who barged into his house, invaded his privacy and installed cameras in his house should be immediately booked under the relevant legal sections. However, it is ridiculous to see institutions of such repute like AMU take irresponsible action by firing the professor for a crime that isnt a crime by law, and without conducting any inquiry, gay rights activist Mohnish Malhotra told IANS.
Siras was serving as chairman of the Modern Indian Languages department at AMU and was set to retire in September.
Meanwhile, the moral brigade in AMU has swung into action demanding the termination of the professors services. A section of students has approved the action taken by the university authorities to suspend the guilty professor.
We are going to launch a signature campaign in the university, to be submitted with a letter to the ministry of human resource development, to stop the cultural assassination in the Aligarh Muslim University. We will demand termination of service of the professor, said Jasim Mohammed, who is pursuing a Phd in Indian Languages and Culture, from AMU.
He said that a university like AMU with its unique culture cannot tolerate such unnatural activity in its premises.
The AMU Public Relations Officer, Rahat Abrar, said: Such an act (homosexuality) is not appropriate for a teacher, so we took action against him. The varsity will soon produce a chargesheet against him.
Siras has decided to challenge his suspension in court.
Yes, I am going to challenge the suspension order in court as I have done no wrong against the larger interest of the university or any individual, Siras told IANS over phone from Aligarh.If the professor goes to court to challenge his suspension, then the university will definitely contest him in court, the AMU PRO said.
Since Siras hasnt so far got the chargesheet against him, he said he is consulting his lawyer to lodge a police complaint against those who secretly entered his house and filmed him having consensual gay sex with the rickshaw puller.Most of the AMU teachers IANS spoke to have termed the entire episode as unfortunate and condemnable. They said that the most important issue of breach of privacy has been buried under the carpet and the not so significant matter of homosexuality has been blown out of proportion.
Support for AMU teacher, Gay body to fight his caseThe Gay Activists Association, a leading association for gay rights, will fight the case of SR Siras, professor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who has been suspended for an allegedly homosexual act in his official residence on the AMU campus on Monday. Anupam Suri, the regional
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president of the association (north India), said the suspension order and Sirass removal from the chairmanship of AMUs Modern Indian Language Department is illegal as the Delhi High Court had struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, thus, decriminalizing homosexual acts between consenting adults.
Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis had, on Monday, suspended Siras (64) for his alleged misconduct on campus. His alleged partner was an adult rickshaw puller.
Siras, separated from his wife for over eight years, had been living alone on campus. AMU authorities have told him to vacate his official residence.
I will leave Aligarh and return to Nagpur, my hometown, he said.
During the day, Siras, for the first time, also criticised his suspension. When the high court has decriminalised homosexuality, how can the university level such charge against me? In any case, the charge is absurd, he said.
Rahat Abrar, official spokesman for AMU, said the authorities had received on Siras on February 8. These persons also submitted a video clip on the alleged act, which took place on February 6, to the VCs office.
Civil rights activists and lawyers have condemned the affair. It is completely outrageous and illegal to breach someones privacy in such a way, said lawyer Anand Grover, who fought against Section 377 of IPC.
Rahul Gandhi on two-day visit to UPCongress general secretary Rahul Gandhi begins his two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh on Monday to boost the membership drive undertaken to re-activate the youth wing of the party. Gandhi commences his journey from Aligarh, where he will also visit the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He then proceeds to Etah and Hardoi where he hopes to spend the night.
On Tuesday, he would visit Lakhimpur-Kheri, Bahraich, Ambedkar Nagar and Sitapur.
Gandhis visit to these places has been preceded by detailed surveys by his aides who submitted their report to the Congress leader, party sources said.
Keeping a flower beautiful for years - Indian researchers tell howImagine preserving the colour and shape of a flower for nearly 15 years! A team of researchers at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) museology department claims to have developed a technique that can do just that. The technique, according to the researchers, will benefit the flower business across the globe and help scientists preserve and conserve endangered, vulnerable and useful species of plants for study purposes.
Our technique involves procedural treatment of flowers and leaves with certain chemicals, including copper sulphate, priopionic acid at a specific temperature that checks de-oxidation in flower cells and also drastically retards activities responsible for their degradation, associate professor Abdul Raheem K. told reporters.
After preserving the flowers for the last five years with this technique, the researchers a few days back approached the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) to get their technique recognised.
They (BSI officials) appreciated our work a lot saying the technique would immensely help botanists in maintaining herbariums (collection of dried plants) which tend to deteriorate after some time, Raheem K. told IANS on phone from Aligarh.
Our project, Prevention of botanical species, retaining their natural pigment, has even been lauded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, he said.
The researchers team is busy carrying out experiments to improve their technique. We will definitely apply for a patent for the technique that would definitely provide a boost to florists across the globe and assist scientists to carry out studies on plants, keeping them in their original shape for years, said Raheem.
The researchers have used the technique successfully on flowers like the rose, dahlia, sunflower and bougainvillea.
BALLB, LLM Admission Notice 2009Admission procedure 2009 for Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The university offers following PG and UG courses:
I. Course of Study: B.A. LL.B.
Number of Seats: 100
Course Code: LLBB
Admission Test Fee: Rs. 600
Last Date for receipt of Application Form: March 13, 2009
Date of Admission Test:May 23, 2009
Time of Admission Test:10 a.m. - 12 noon
Course Duration:10 Semester
Senior Secondary School Certificate or an equivalent examination with aggregate not less than 50% of the total marks.
Age Limit: Not more than 22 years as on July 01, 2009
Candidates shall be selected for admission to B.A.LL.B. on the basis of the marks obtained in the Admission Test of Two Hours duration consisting of objective and short answer type questions of a standard expected of students having passed the SSSC Examination. The question paper of the Admission Test shall comprise of:
(i) General English
(ii) Current Affairs/General knowledge (with emphasis on legal issues)
(iii) Reasoning and Aptitude
Course of Study: LL.M.
Number of Seats: 25
Course Code: LLLM
Admission Test Fee: Rs. 600/-
Last Date for receipt of Application Form:March 02, 2009
Date of Admission Test: May 25, 2009
Time of Admission Test: 3 - 5 p.m.
Course Duration: 4 Semesters
LL.B./B.A.LL.B. (5 Years Integrated Course) examination of this University or an examination recognized by the University as its equivalent with not less than 55% marks.
Candidates shall be selected for admission on the basis of marks obtained in the Admission Test of Two Hours duration consisting of short answer type questions of LL.B./BA.LL.B. standard
Bilaspur to get countrys third Muslim universityBilaspur/Raipur: Efforts to establish a Muslim university in Bilaspur are being made by Intezamiya and Mutvalli committees. The state administration has agreed to the proposal and the foundation laying ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister Raman Singh.
The university will be set up 20 km from Bilaspur, at Lutra Sharif. Mediapersons were told that the construction will begin after the 52nd Urs of Baba Syed Insan Ali Shah Lutra Sharif which will be held during March 22-27. A private donation of two acres of land has already been made for the university.
The university will be the countrys third Muslim University. Presently, only Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Milia Islamia are Indias only Muslim universities.
Colleges affiliated with this UniversityTotal number of colleges affiliated with this University = 5
1 A K Tibbiya College, Aligarh
2 Abdullah Girls College AMU, Aligarh
3 AMU Dr Ziauddin Ahmad Dental College, Aligarh
4 Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh
5 Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh
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