The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Academic Council declared on Monday that the varsity will establish five centres across the country at Murshidabad (West Bengal),Katihar (Bihar),Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh),Pune (Maharashtra) and Mallappuram (Kerala). The university has started talks with the states concerned for setting up these centres which are envisaged as modern,state-of-the-art,digitally managed campuses offering relevant and employment-oriented courses in the region.
AMU Vice-Chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis is also learnt to have informed the Academic Council that the university has contacted the state governments concerned for getting 250-300 acres of land free of cost so that the university would be able to appoint a consultant to prepare project and feasibility reports for establishing the special centres.
A Rs 2000-crore proposal for establishing these centres during the XIth Plan is pending with the Human Resource Development Ministry. The Academic Council has authorised the Vice-Chancellor to constitute a committee of the Academic Council to study the academic aspects of establishing the centres.