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JMI VC visits USTM School of Education inaugurated

Guwahati: North Eastern Universities should take lead to start courses like Disaster Management in order to tackle the problems of floods and earthquakes and to deal effectively with such natural disasters, said Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia while inaugurating Prof. Qoumrul Hoque School of Education of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM). He said, NE states are full of potentials and opportunities which must be explored to the maximum extent. The development of a region depends upon its educational system. More importance must be given to the primary and basic education for which qualified trained teachers must be appointed. Government must emphasize on the right kind of practical training for the teachers, he said.

Prof Ahmad further said that he had personally seen brilliant NE students doing well in the University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia and other universities. He said he was delighted to see the efforts of a single person, Mr. Mahbubul Hoque the Chancellor of USTM, to make such a huge contribution in the field of education in the north-east region. This old boy of Aligarh Muslim University is doing wonders for the development of the region and the country as a whole.

Prof Talat assured that Jamia Millia Islamia will be in full collaboration and association with USTM in terms of manpower and other academic and research-related activities. He wished for its bright future.

Earlier Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of the University while welcoming Prof. Talat Ahmad, said that "We are trying to associate with the great institutions of the nation as well as abroad in order to make USTM one of best Universities of the world."

USTM's School of Education has secured the approval of the National Council for Teacher's Education (NCTE), ERC, Bhubaneswar, to run B.Ed. courses with an intake capacity of one hundred which has been already filled up in the maiden year itself. USTM has plans to double the intake next year. During this visit, USTM's Centre for Innovation and Rural Development was also inaugurated by Prof Ahmad. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2014 on page no. 13

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