The country’s first minority university, Jamia Millia Islamia, is set to undergo changes under the new vice-chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad. He joined the university four months ago and has already initiated an overhaul of the proctorial system at the university.
As part of this plan, the vice-chancellor has created two new positions to improve academic performance. These include Dean, Academic Affairs, and Dean, Research.
“It is an effective way of improving academics. The registrar should not have to do all the work. Within a month or so, we hope to find suitable candidates for these positions,” Ahmad told Newsline.
He also emphasised on the “need to put Jamia on research mode”, stating that a research-based tracking will help bring funds to the university and scholarships for its students.
The university is preparing to submit itself for grading by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). For this, teachers will have to provide reports on the research done by students as well as start publishing their own research.
“Jamia has been very active in pushing information online — something that many ranking organisations take into consideration. We are going to change that,” Ahmad said.
After he took over, Ahmad made his intentions clear by defining the time limit for administrative positions. He said all teachers must go back to teaching after serving for three years in an administrative post. Occupants of some of these positions have been changed after a decade or more.
His plan for the university includes starting a medical college hospital at Jamia in order to help the Jamia community in particular and the Muslim community in general.
“I am looking forward to meeting HRD Minister Smriti Irani in this regard. We want to start a medical college, hopefully through HRD funding,” the V-C said.
Ahmad is also considering a public-private-partnership for the project.
“The people who live in this area will get good medical facilities. Students, who may not be able to travel or finance their education to become doctors, will get a chance to study. We want to give them this opportunity,” he said.
He stated that even within the minority community, there is enough competition.
“The advantage that Jamia has is that it is based in Delhi. It also has the responsibility of taking the community forward,” he said.