Jung spearheads expansion drive, women's polytechnic soon
OT, November 18, 2011 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
Long at last the 91-year-old central university Jamia Millia Islamia is close to acquire the most-talked about 45-acre Pahari land to its already existing lush green and sprawling campus. An exclusive women's polytechnic is also on the anvil. These were confirmed by JMI vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung, a former IAS officer, on November 16 convocation that was held at 3.00 PM on the lawns of Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium, JMI. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Tajendra Khanna was the chief guest.
While addressing the huge crowd of students and a few mediapersons, Jung said: "I am happy to inform all present that with active support from the Lieutenant Governor's office, for which the Jamia community will be forever grateful to him, we are close to acquiring the Pahari land. The biggest challenge as we prepare to take our plans for academic expansion forward is the need to augment our existing infrastructure, which requires both land and resources."
Besides, the university that was recently granted minority status, is also planning to start a full-fledged centre in Nano-sciences and Nano-technology, a cutting edge discipline soon. Jung also said that the university would soon be setting up a Centre for China Studies and a Centre for Afghanistan Studies.
Jung hand is full as he plans to start new and innovative courses such as B. Tech. in Petroleum Engineering, besides many other similar programmes. It is understood that planning of such courses are underway.
Also the university, spread across 9 faculties, 36 departments, 27 centres and more than 240 programmes, plans to upgrade its existing infrastructure such as classrooms, research laboratories, library facilities, residential facilities and others. New admission policies may also be introduced.
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