ALIGARH February 27: Delivering the keynote address at the valedictory function of the three-day AMU Alumni Meet-2014, noted scientist and CEO of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, Dr. Shahid Jameel said that the world is moving towards a knowledge economy and access to knowledge will be determined by the fact who moves forward to grasp it.
Dr. Shahid Jameel urged the AMU to move towards a completely networked campus. He said the University should provide WiFi access to all students and faculty members in each hostel and department. Computerization in administration will also reduce allegations of corruption.
He said that Smart Classrooms are not enough, it would require teachers to be equipped to use these.
Dr. Shahid Jameel urged the AMU alumni to be good ambassadors, role models and highlight the attributes they have received at AMU. He exhorted them to generate resources to their alma mater and not interfere with the running of the University. He said that there is a tendency to criticize every decision of the University authorities. This is not a healthy trend and urged them to provide honest feedback.
Dr. Jameel felt that despite AMU alumni being most passionate about their alma mater, their feelings have not been translated in concrete gains. He said that alumni should move from giving scholarships to knowledge generation and access. He said that they should involve themselves in promotion of quality education.
Comparing AMU alumni with those of IIT, Kanpur, he said that IIT Kanpur has appointed a Dean for Resources and Alumni Affairs and its alumni have built various facilities in campus. He said that most notable of these facilities is review of academic activities. He said that self evaluation is a key to moving forward.
Dr. Jameel said that Mr. Arun Shourie has donated twelve crores from his MP fund to IIT Kanpur but no Muslim MP has donated even a single rupee to AMU.
In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that “AMU alumni are my pride and students are my hope”. He said that this institution has started a process of Smart Classrooms. He was confident that the teachers will be able to handle these classrooms in a productive manner.
He announced that the University Museum will be ready before the Annual Convocation and the residential Coaching Academy building will be ready by the end of this session.
Gen. Shah said that a Dean, Alumni Affairs will be appointed to interact with all the alumni and next Alumni Meet will be held in the first week January 2015.
He said that he has received a mail message from a US based alumna, Dr. Afshan hashmi announcing donation of her gold jewelry to the University by getting inspiration from Mrs. Saba Naqvi of UAE who has already donated her gold bangles to the University. He said that more than 16.5 lakh were donated by Alumni to their alma mater during this event.
Brigadier (Retd.) Syed Ahmad Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor said, “We are proud of AMU culture and tradition”. He said that he saluted the alumni for their passion for the university. He said that largest room in the world is for improvement.
Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Prof. G. G. Dwivedi, Chairman of AMU Alumni Affairs Committee said that the main objective behind holding this event was to facilitate an interface between the alumni and their alma mater through a suitable forum. He said that the alumni’s zeal and commitment to pay back, both in tangible and intangible terms is laudable. The potential is huge.
Gen. Dwivedi said that the outcome of the deliberations has been very encouraging and a large number of innovative ideas and recommendations have been made by the delegates. He further said that the experience of home coming will be a part of the memorabilia.
On this occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor presented a memento to Mr. Arshan Khan, USA, Mr. Adil Akhtar, UAE and Mr. Wamiq Rahman, Lucknow.
Five books edited by Dr. Rais Ahmad of Faculty of Agriculture were also released. Dr. Suhail Sabir, Convener of the Alumni Meet proposed a vote of thanks, while Dr. Shariq Aqeel conducted the programme.