AMU to get 5 more Centres

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Aligarh, Oct 19 (UNI) The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is getting an addition of five centres, as the Union Resource Development Ministry has accepted its Rs 2000 crore-proposal.

Human Resource Development Minister M A A Fatmi, an alumnus of the AMU, while addressing World Summit of AMU Alumni said, the proposed centres would replicate the AMU model and would be the richest contribution to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of AMU, for the outstanding services he has rendered for spreading education among Indians.

Mr Fatmi was the first alumnus who presented a cheque of Rs one lakh to his alma mater for the new ''Endowment Fund'' of the university.

Vice Chancellor of AMU, Prof P K Abdul Aziz, while delivering the keynote address at the symposium on the '' Role of Alumni to create a new future for AMU: Vision 2020 '', said the purpose of this summit was to re-invigorate the bondage of the alumni with their alma mater and enable them to particpate in its modernisation, expansion, growth and glory.

AMU Alumni from 20 countries and 19 Indian states were attending the two-day historic event.

On this occasion, prominent alumni donated Rs 2.5 crore to the University corpus. Various alumni, individuals and philanthropic organisations donated for the AMU Endowment Fund.

This fund would be utilised for various academic research and development projects, including computing facility in Halls of residence and Department of Studies. It would also provide international travel to students and teachers for joining training and orientaton programmes in universities of repute and also create new Centres and laboratories for research.

Noted historian Prof Irfan Habib said equal facilities should be provided to the female students, as their enrolment in the university was increasing every year, with 40 per cent female students at its rolls.

The World Summit of AMU Alumni was inaugurated yesterday by Vice President M Hamid Ansari while U P Governor T V Rajeshwar and Jharkhand GovernorSyed Sibtey Razi were the guests of honour.

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