A medical college-cum-hospital will soon be set up by Jamia Millia Islamia, the university 's vice-
chancellor Talat Ahmad said.
According to IANS reports, "The medical college in Jamia is a mandatory requirement since
there is no government college-cum-hospital in the neighbourhood."
The 114 acres of land in the vicinity that was granted to it by the Supreme Court pertaining
to the land case between the Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi government would be used for the
purpose of building the medical college.
"As a mandatory rule, first a 300-bed hospital will be started and then a medical college. I intend
urge the government to ensure adequate support and financial assistance for the project," said
Ahamd in his first interaction with the media after assuming charge.
He took charge as the vice-chancellor of the central minority institution on May 15.
With great focus on academic research, the vice-chancellor is also planning to set up a school
of earth atmosphere and planetary sciences. "This will help us understand climate change and
human needs in future," he said.
Having geology background, Ahmad intends to put Jamia on national map in regard to
environmental studies, earth sciences, glacial studies, global positioning system (GPS),
geographic information system and climate change.
With special focus on girls, Ahmad is also planning to set up separate polytechnic courses for
girls and hoping for a 50 per cent representation of girls in the students' union.
"We will soon be having a students union too, but in which form I cannot tell as the matter is
sub-judice," he said.
Besides, the existing academic programmes will be consolidated and given special
considerations to the growth of theoretical physics, centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology
With other initiatives like making the varsity wi-fi enabled and setting up of digital resource
centre to enable students to access e-journals, Ahmad said he wants to put Jamia on par with
Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
"Jamia is an older university and we are lagging behind. But two months in office, I have
realised if we work harder we have a lot of potential," he said. Source: Agency