Independence Day celebrated with traditional gaiety at AMU

    In his Independence Day speech, Gen. Shah said that the MHRD had curtailed about 35 Crore in the grant under XII Plan, which he said would not be accepted at any cost.

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    Aligarh: The 67th Independence Day was celebrated at the Aligarh Muslim University with traditional gaiety and joy. The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah unfurled the national flag in front of the Strachey Hall, first building of the University, and National Anthem was sung by all people present in the function. The Vice Chancellor also received the Guard of Honour from the Senior Division NCC cadets.

    Addressing on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Gen. Shah congratulated the medical team of the Jawaharlal Nehru medical College of the University, which rendered exemplary service in Uttarakhand when it was reeling under the thrashes of the flash flood that occurred two months back. Gen. Shah said that the Governor of the Uttarakhand has also communicated his appreciation for the AMU doctors’ team.

    The Vice Chancellor highlighted the developmental activities which the University had undertaken after him joining the University. He said that special focus has been laid on upgrading the residential and academic facilities in the University. An outlet of the Kendriya Bhandar has been established in the University to provide students with cheaper and quality commodities. He said that this outlet will also serve as the main source for all food material purchase for the dining halls.

    Gen. Shah said that he has signed several Memoranda of Understanding with some reputed institutions in USA during his recent visit to America. These MoUs will facilitate student exchange between AMU and US universities and about fifteen students of AMU will receive higher education in these universities every year. He appreciated the role of AMU alumni residing in different parts of US.

    Gen. Shah reiterated his commitment to upgrading the academic and research facilities including the WiFi internet connectivity to the faculty members and students in order to help them attain excellence in their respective fields. He said that he had come to the University with a mission of making it number one University in his period.

    He said that a Promotion Board will be constituted for the promotions of faculty members and all vacancies in teaching and non-teaching domains will be filled up within a year by organizing selection committee meetings.

    PVC Brig. (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali, distributed fruits to the ailing students.

    The Vice Chancellor firmly said that he would not tolerate activities on the part of any quarters that are detrimental to the development spree in the University. He said that the forces which are trying to harm him and stop him from bringing positive changes in the University, would not succeed. He warned that such forces will be defeated and driven out.

    Gen. Shah said that the MHRD had curtailed about 35 Crore in the grant under XII Plan, which he said would not be accepted at any cost. He said that we are demanding more than what we had been given under the XI Plan and we will persuade the government to revise its decision.

    Referring to the increase in the fees, he said that there was no option but to increase the fees, which had remained constant since last fifteen years, if the facilities in the University had to be upgraded.

    AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali, distributed fruits to the ailing students under treatment at the University Health Service. He also planted a tree sapling at the ground near the Astro-turf.

    Brig. Ali also presided over the traditional Mushaira on the eve of the Independence Day organized by the Department of Urdu at the Assembly Hall of the Z. H. College of Engineering and Technology.