BY Syed Amir Mian | September 10, 2009
Aligarh: The Students’ Grievance Committee set up as a stop-gap alternative to Students’ Union in the Aligarh Muslim University, has set in motion a slew of measures in the University.
The newly established students’ body has started addressing the genuine problems and difficulties faced by the students both in the academic departments and residential halls.
The AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has initiated a novel procedure to provide a ‘voice’ to the students through the instrument of face-to-face interaction. All the top University functionary including the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Proctor, DSW and Finance Officer interacted with the students holding top ranks in each class and course of the University. The students air their grievances and the administration takes on the spot decision to redress the problems. The system has set in place a new and powerful mechanism that provide the students of the University an access to address the issues of main concern to the student community.
In a two-day interactive meeting presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis held yesterday and today more than 300 hundred students representing 325 courses spoke on various issues both students centred and department specific. Without mincing words they openly criticized the existing flaws and deficiencies and demanded immediate action to improve the quality of teaching–learning process in the University.
The meeting bears testimony to the emerging trend that girls have replaced boys in securing top scores in the University examinations. The girls have outnumbered the boys and they were seen to be more vociferous in pin pointing the gaps and shortcomings.
Belying all the expectations the demand for immediate restoration of the dissolved Student’s Union did not figure anywhere in the discussion. The students have expressed satisfaction over the peaceful atmosphere maintained by the present regime and requested the Vice Chancellor to initiate all necessary steps to keep the anti-social and ruble rousers at bay.
In a face-to-face interactive meeting with the students the Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that he was making all efforts to take this University to number one position among all the educational institutions of the country and help students to achieve success so that they bring laurels to their family and the alma mater. Prof. Azis was addressing the meeting of the grievance cell that provides a platform to the students to put up their problems before the University administration. Prof. Azis took special interest in the day long activity and remained present in the interactive programme all the time.
The Vice Chancellor said that the publication of scholarly papers of teachers of the University in journals of national and international repute have placed the Aligarh Muslim University among ten Universities earmarked for highest scientific publication. He said that a very peaceful atmosphere conducive to higher academic pursuits has been ensured in the campus during the last two years and the academic calendar of the University was strictly and successfully followed for all admissions and examinations. The Vice Chancellor said that a Central Instrumentation Centre will be established in the next academic session to give a boost to the research culture in the University.
Prof. Azis pledged to convert the University into an exemplary institution of the country. He said that the Ministry of Human Resource Development has allocated Rs. 10 Crores for the establishment of an I A S Coaching Academy in the University. The AMU Coaching Academy will enable the students belonging to minority communities achieve greater successes and higher positions. He said that computers equipped with a round the clock high speed internet connection have been facilitated to each and every department and residential halls and the facility will be increased as and when required.
A good number of students hailing from various faculties and departments participated in the meeting of grievance cell and put up their problems before the University administration. Most of the students drew the administration’s attention towards the problems relating to electricity and water supply and cleanliness in the residential halls and seminars rooms. However, several of them raised various issues concerning academic and research facilities in the departments. Ms. Arina Khan of Department of Geology suggested inviting experts of Earth Sciences and establishing Placement Cell in the department. The students of Department of Chemistry requested to provide better laboratory equipments. Ms. Seema Kumari, a research scholar in the Department of Sociology asked to create a separate seminar room and provide the conveyance facility for field tours to the research scholars of the department. Ms. Amreen Ashraf of Department of Economics emphasized the need of strengthening teacher student relationship and requested to subscribe international journals of higher standard in the department.
Ms. Seemin Husain of the Department of Mass Communication expressed the need for arranging special training programmes in radio and television for the students of Mass Communication and inviting distinguished journalists as guest faculties to provide better exposure to the students.
On the second day of the meeting, students of Medical, Engineering and Commerce were invited to participate. The students of Medical College requested the administration to pay special attention to the increasing problem of lack of space especially in view of the soaring number of patients coming to the Medical College. They also urged the University administration to make efforts to arrange dead bodies for practicals.
AMU Registrar Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Finance Office, Ms. Yasmee Jalal Beg, Proctor, Prof. Muzaffar A. Siddiqui, DSW, Prof. M. Zubair Khan and PRO, Dr. Rahat Abrar were also present in the meeting.