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17 May 2013

3 universities share ideas on opening campus to each other

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By Naveed Iqbal

New Delhi: Three universities in the country are in talks over sharing students, depending on the core competencies of each institution.

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard — three universities with a large number of Muslim students — are exploring the idea of providing students the opportunity to study in a campus where a preferred course is a specialisation.

Speaking to Newsline, Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Zameer Uddin Shah said he would like to share students with Jamia Millia and Jamia Hamdard in areas where these universities excelled.

"I would like to send students, who want to study mass communication, to Jamia's AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. Jamia Hamdard leads in training students for civil services and AMU can train students for the defence services," Shah said.

Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Najeeb Jung called the system an "advanced concept of meta university".

He said after 14 students from Jamia Millia recently qualified for the Indian Administrative Service, AMU V-C "expressed his wish to train 15 of his students for civil services at Jamia". Likewise, Jung said, interested Jamia Millia students could go to AMU to receive training for the defence services.

Jung said there was no formal proposal for this arrangement yet, but the vice-chancellor's of the three institutions had discussed the matter. Regarding making the system one of annual exchange, Jung said, "We would like to carry anything in perpetuity that is good for the students."

However, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard G N Qazi said he was not sure how the arrangement would work, as Jamia Hamdard mostly taught professional courses.

"We pick up students who want to become professionals at the undergraduate level," he said.

He said unlike Jamia Millia, AMU's core competency in training students for the armed forces was more a result of Shah's army background.

"This kind of core competency can change as per the vice-chancellor's interests," Qazi said.

However, Shah said when he took charge as vice- chancellor, he was surprised to find 600 of the 800 school students of AMU had applied for the National Defence Academy.

(Courtesy: The Indian Express)

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