VC Akhtar meets Murmu, seeks ‘Institute of Eminence’ status for Jamia, invites Prez at convocation
Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, called on President of India Droupadi Murmu at the President House on January 11. This was the first meeting of the Vice Chancellor with the President, who is the Visitor of the university also.
The Vice Chancellor said it was quite heartening to see that the President was very much aware about the achievements and performance of the university. The President congratulated Akhtar for the achievements and praised her for taking the university to new heights.
Akhtar briefed the President that Jamia was granted A++ accreditation by NAAC in 2021 (for a period of 5 years) and it is amongst the top three universities of the country as per the NIRF, Ministry of Education, Govt of India. The university has also made significant improvements in coveted international rankings like QS, Times Higher Education (THE) etc. She also invited the President in her capacity as the Visitor for the upcoming convocation of the university.
The Vice Chancellor said the President praised the University for the Notable Achievements and hoped that it will perform even better in coming years.
Akhtar informed the President that the university wants to set-up a Department of Tribal Studies & Development and a hostel for tribal students and sought her help for the same.
Akhtar informed the President that more than a dozen research scholars of the university, particularly girls have been selected for the prestigious Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) recently. She also briefed her about the excellent performance of the Residential Coaching Academy (RCA), JMI which has produced a large number of civil servants since its inception including this year’s IAS Exam topper Shruti Sharma.
The Vice Chancellor also mentioned that faculty members of JMI are doing excellent research work and have been receiving accolades at national and international levels including the Visitors Award.
Akhtar requested the President that considering the excellent performance of JMI on various parameters, ‘Institute of Eminence’ status can be granted to the university. She also sought the assistance of the President in getting the approval for setting up of a Medical College at Jamia.
The Vice Chancellor informed her that the varsity has already appealed to the government to grant approval for the medical college which is highly needed not only for people living in South Delhi but will also be very useful for the people living in nearby cities in UP & Haryana.
Akhtar also said in view of the great demand for JMI’s academic courses in countries where Indians in large numbers are residing like in the Middle-East, setting up of JMI offshore campuses in those countries is the need of the hour. She also sought the permission for setting up a Department of Modern Indian Languages, a Nursing College and a Faculty of Alternative Medicine at JMI.
Considering the increase in the number of academic programmes Akhtar also requested the President for additional teaching and non-teaching positions in the university.
The Vice Chancellor said the university is very hopeful that it will get guidance and invaluable support from the Visitor in coming years.