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A Brief Journey of Aliah University in last four years

কলকাতা নিউজ ২৪ : 21/08/2017

 

Faruque Ahamed,kolkata:

Aliah University was established by the West Bengal Act XXVII of 2007 as The Aliah University Act 2007 passed by the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and it was first published in the Kolkata Gazette, Extraordinary, of 20 th February 2008. Presently it is under the
Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education previously known as Minorities’ Development & Welfare and Madrasah Education Department, Government of West Bengal and it started its journey from late 2008 in the premises of the Calcutta Madrasah College, erstwhile Madrasah-i- Aliah. Between 2008 to end of 2014, the academic and administrative sections of the University functioned from rented buildings such as DN-41, DN-47, EN-68, EN-69, EN-34, DN- 18, DN-20, respectively in Sector-V of Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700 091 and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhawan, Salt Lake, Kolkata-64. There was no internet connection and telephone facility between one building to another and it was fully dependent on Data Card. However, there was a sole internet facility available at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhawan. Hostel facilities were also provided to the students in rented premises without administrative approval of MA & ME Department in and around Salt Lake area. Commutation between the Campuses and workshops located at Park Circus was always a problem for teachers and students. To ease their difficulty private buses were hired on rental basis. Academic Programmes like MBA, MCA, M. Sc. in Computer Science and Media Sciences were introduced in collaboration with Techno India Group in Sector V, by making an agreement for a period of ten years from 2009, as there was no proper infrastructure. For arranging teaching programmes for Aliah University students, (to be imparted by Techno India College of Engineering and Management), the University had to bear expenditures. Of course, the entire amount was solely borne by the Government of West Bengal since most of the students were reluctant to pay their fees. The University also invested a huge sum of money for wooden partitions in the rented premises and electrical fittings to shape them into classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms and administrative sections even without having administrative approval from MA & ME Department. Such was the state of affairs that the entire system of the university functioned in a filthy and shabby manner, much worse than a State-
aided College and perhaps even a High School.

Professor A T Khan, Vice-Chancellor, Aliah University.

Professor A T Khan, Vice-Chancellor, Aliah University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 1 st October 2013, Prof. Abu Taleb Khan, from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, took charge as the Vice-Chancellor of Aliah University on deputation after the completion of the tenure of the Prof. Syed Samsul Alam (from17.06.2008 to 30.09.2013).
On 3 rd October 2013, the new Vice-Chancellor was ‘gheraoed’. Students demanded his resignation unless the B. Ed. Programme was introduced from 2014-2015 academic sessions. Immediately after taking charge, Prof. Khan, focused on the infrastructural and instructional development of the University as a huge sum of money was being spent each month towards
providing such facilities on a hired basis.

During the last three years and eleven months, modern and impressive infrastructural facilities have been created with generous financial assistance and all kinds of support (as and when required) from Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister and Minister In-Charge, Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, Government of West Bengal. Now, apart from the heritage premises of Calcutta Madrasah College, Aliah University has one sprawling 20-acre campus at New Town and another one at Park Circus, at the heart of City, which are interconnected with LAN, internet and EPBAX facilities.

The New Town Campus, with its total built-up area of 58,923 sqm/634,242sq ft, houses the Engineering, Science and Management
Departments. During the year 2016-17, the University has succeeded in providing state-of-the-art facilities to all the laboratories and
mechanical workshops. It has 108 classrooms,each with a seating capacity of 60 students and 36 classrooms of 120-capacity each. A few of these are going to be converted into smart classrooms very soon.

The New Town Campus of Aliah University

The New Town Campus of Aliah University

During this period, the 3-storeyed Central Library has been made operational with fully system automated structures like self-check- in and check-out facility through Kiosk and RFID. The Digital Library will be functioning soon in both campuses to access e-resources of books and journals. The entire building is Wi-Fi enabled. The 5-year Integrated B.Sc. – M.Sc. Programme in Biological Sciences has also been introduced in the academic session 2016-17. This Campus has also 2239 sqm of Administrative area with all modern facilities and 5000 sqm of car parking space at the basement. The State Government has been kind enough to sanction Rs. 257 Crore
for Academic, Administrative and Library Building of New Town Campus.

 

The State Government has also sanctioned a grant of Rs 115 Crore for the Phase-I construction of 830-capacity Girls’ Hostel, 1260-capacity Boys’ Hostel and a Student Amenity Centre. The G+13 storey Girls’ Hostel with Library Room, Gym, TV Room, spacious Dining Hall and a kitchen with all modern cooking facilities, has been completed. The Phase-I of the Boys’ Hostel is expected to be ready for accommodation of the students from October 2017 onwards.

The Training and Placement Cell of the University has achieved major success during 2016-17, with On Campus, Pool Campus and Off Campus drive conducted by reputed companies like Deloitte, Amazon, IBM, ITC, Cognizant, Berger Paints, Lumino Industries, Taurus Powertronics etc.

The Centre for Vocational Studies (CVS) has organized vocational training courses in various trades for school and college drop-out young people from underprivileged sections of the society. Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, has sanctioned Rs.100 Crore to the CVS to impart Skill Development Training to 54900 drop-out students . out of which 36800 students have been trained under MSDP project so far.

The Government of West Bengal also provides funds to the University to run a free, residential Coaching Centre for minority students who wish to appear for the West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Examinations. During 2016-17, 63 candidates appeared for the WBCS (Mains) Exam and about 100 students appeared for the WBCS (Prelims). Six (6) Candidates qualified for Group A and twenty-five (25) candidates for Group C examination. Out of six group A Candidates, one has been selected for job as WBCS officer in category A.

The Park Circus Campus is set-up on a 148 katha / 6.43 acre of land. Its G+9 storey building accommodates all the Humanities
and Social Sciences Departments of the University with requisite infrastructural amenities. For instance, classrooms with seating capacity of 100, 80 and 40 students number 16, 32 and 14, respectively. There are 110 well-furnished faculty rooms, two fully equipped auditoriums, as well as modern laboratories for the Geography, Journalism and Mass Communication, and B. Sc. Nursing (Hons) Programmes. It may be mentioned here that in 2016-17, the University introduced the B.Sc. Nursing (Hons) Programme with the approval of both Indian Nursing Council and West Bengal Nursing Council with 60 intake capacity. One Professor, two Associate Professors, four Assistant Professors and five Tutors have so far been appointed for this Department. The process of setting up a Digital Library, a Computer Centre and Language Laboratories has been initiated. A Hostel (within this campus) capable of accommodating 216 girl students will be ready by October 2017.The Government of West Bengal has generously sanctioned Rs 75 crore for Academic,

 

The renovation of the Heritage Building at the old Aliah Madrasah Campus (established in 1780) and the construction of a new G+4 Annex Building adjacent to it, undertaken in mid-2016, are expected to be complete by the end of the year 2018.

Aliah University is yet to be included by UGC under Section 12B of the UGC Act, although some other universities in West Bengal founded in the same year or even later, have been included under the same. So far, only the State Government has provided financial support for its developmental and academic activities. The AICTE has already granted recognition for 5 B. Tech and M. Tech. Programmes of this University, with 60 seats and 18 seats each, respectively. The University has already received approval for B. Ed. Programme from NCTE with 100 intake capacity from the academic session 2014-15 onwards.

At present, with its impressive infrastructure in place, this University now hopes to be included
under Section 12B by UGC.
Presently, the University offers 39 different academic programmes at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate levels. The University with its 116 faculty members, and 08 Officers, 17 Technical Assistants Grade-I, 34 non-faculty members and 49 contractual employees are committed to all round development of its students and for theUniversity.

The present total intake capacity in Under-graduate programmes and Post-graduate programmes is 723 and 1382 respectively. This University has a unique feature of having 11 Senior Madrasahs as its Study Centres to impart Under-graduate education in Theology/Kamil (General & Honours) with an intake capacity of 1810. Out of the 11 Senior Madrasahs, 3 Senior Madrasahs including Aliah University also offer M. A. in Theology/ (M. M.) with intake capacity of 440. A good number of students every year qualify for NET-LS and NET-JRF in various disciplines.

 



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