Construction work of Riyadh Hall begins
ALIGARH February 13: The construction work of the proposed Riyadh Hall of residence began today at the Aligarh Muslim University amidst a zestful gathering of alumni and the well-wishers. The proposed four-storey Riyadh Hall has been funded by the members of the AMU Alumni Association, Riyadh, KSA.
Addressing on the occasion, distinguished AMU alumnus Mr. Nadeem Akhtar Tarin said that the construction of this building will complete in 15 to 18 monthsâ€™ time and the Hall, equipped with all modern facilities, will house about 1000 students. Declaring that a donation of about Rs. 3 lakhs will be accepted by the University for constructing a room in the proposed hall from benevolent people, Mr. Tarin urged the alumni to come up and share the good deed. He said that AMU alumni living in Jeddah have also committed to donate funds for the construction of 40 rooms.
Mr. Tarin stressed that â€œwe will have to take care of educational requirements of our forthcoming generations ourselvesâ€, and there was urgent need to consider financial assistance for the three Centres of the AMU which have been established in three states, so that they are developed into separate universities in due course of time.
Mr. Tarin said that both the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali took keen interest in the development and reformation of the University.
Appreciating the great philanthropic initiatives taken by Mr. Nadeem Tarin, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali said that AMU needed a hundred Nadeem Tarins as it was high time to raise the Universityâ€™s Corpus Fund, similar to that of the Banaras Hindu University which at present stood at a corpus of 2600 Crore rupees.
Brig. Ali said that Mr. Tarin who started serving his alma mater with the construction of Nadeem Tarin Hall, few decades ago, has already funded a separate wing of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Hall for boys near Faculty of Law, and the Riyadh Hall is his third large act of philanthropy dedicate to his mother institution.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor has urged the University alumni residing in different parts of the world to pay back to their alma mater and help it to make remarkable progress on various fronts.
On this occasion, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali announced a donation for construction of two rooms while Prof. Jamal Ahmad, Prof. Shadab Khurshid and Mr. Zaheer Ahmad committed construction of one room each on behalf of their wives. Mr. Jasim Mohammad, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad and Mr. Rajeev Sharma also pledged a donation of Rs. 3 lakh each to this project.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Prof. Anwar Khursheed, University Engineer said that Muslims had raised a corpus of Rs. 30 lakh in 1920 for the establishment of the Aligarh Muslim University. He urged the University staff to contribute one percent of their monthly salary to the corpus fund and raise support to Mr. Nadeem Tarin. He pointed out that the new building of Faculty of Management and the Swimming Pool are being constructed with the funds donated by Mr. Frank Islam and the Lulu Group respectively.
He said that for 1036 students, a total 283 rooms will be constructed, along with a separate Provostâ€™s Office, Warden Room, Guest Room, Cloth Washing area and IT room.
On this occasion, Mr. Azizur Rab and Mr. Ataat from Jeddah, Mr. Mohd. Haqeeq, Mr. Mohd. Maaz Khan from Riyadh, and Mr. Shahnawaz Tarin were also present.