IN A major revamp exercise, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to adopt Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan (KVS) norms for admission, recruitment of teachers and examination for its nine schools running on the campus.
Computer education will be compulsory from Class I and there will be common syllabus and examination for all the schools. Other changes in infrastructure have also been planned. “Unless we strengthen our foundation we will not be able to reach the pinnacle. We have launched a drive to recruit fresh teachers. We want to upgrade all the schools to senior secondary level. The key is providing computer education from Class I,” Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah, vice-chancellor, AMU told The Indian Express.
Of the nearly 15,000-odd students at AMU’s, about one third come from these nine schools maintained by the university. Till now, they were following university norms in their functioning.
“Now these schools will function as per KVS norms. Admission process, examination and even recruitment of teachers will be done as per the KVS norms,” Prof Mohammad Gulrez, director, School Education, AMU told The Indian Express.
Gulrez said, among the major changes being implemented, the student strength in every class will be fixed. Even admissions to self financing classes will be done on merit. Admissions will be taken in only Class I, VI, IX and XI as per the KVS norms and there will be relaxation only for transfer cases. Even the university employees will have to admit their children only in these four classes. Nursery and KG class will be scrapped, he added.
He said there will be common examination for all nine schools, common report card and even the class tests will be held on same date. Like KVS, they will follow summative and formative examination pattern. For the first time, proper parents teachers’ meetings will be held and an academic calender with prospectus issued. In the results, besides the marks, students will also be given grading, Gulrez said.
Another new feature is that computer education will be made compulsory from Class I. For better infrastructure, every school will have smart boards and at least one smart class room. Union School, which is being run by AMU Students Union, has now been taken over by university and will be soon housed in a new building. Presently there are four schools till Class XII while Union School will also be upgraded to Class XII, he added.
These schools include five that are upto Class XII — Saiyed Hamid Senior Secondary School for boys, Senior Secondary School for girls, Saifuddin Tahir Minto Circle School for boys, City School for boys and Girls School on Women’s College campus. Others include City Girls High School, Abdullah Girls School and two separate schools managed by AMU Students’ Union for girls and boys, which will be upgraded to Class XII.