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AMU to tackle Muslim backwardness
By Rahat Abrar
The Aligarh Muslim University should conduct serious multidisciplinary research to make it a major, if not the principal, source of ideas and initiatives for addressing the issue of educational backwardness of Muslims in India, according to AMU VC, M.Hamid Ansari.
Addressing the academic council at the beginning of the new academic session,he said the AMU was living on past glory and nostalgia.The present system appeared to be "geared up for the average and below average levels of study".
"From now onwards,our emphasis will be continuous evolution of academic activity",he added.
Referring to the admission policy, he said the unplanned increase in the intake of students and a certain lessening of the commitment to teaching and research had taken their toll.
The complexities of admission policy also lead to many problems subjecting the university and its officials to ‘unhealthy pressures' of various kinds.
The perpetuation of this approach can only result in further deterioration of standards.
‘Believe that transparancy, promptness and strict adherence to rules are pre-requisites of good administration.The machinery for redressal of grievances had to be made more responsive,’ Ansari said.
The VC announced that the current practice of ad hoc appointments was being stopped with immediate effect.The University would also enhance its interaction with business and industry to boost the career prospects of its students.