New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar has said that the university is planning to focus on medical education in the coming years.
The university will collaborate with Jamia Hamdard University in this regard to set up medical and Unani colleges and courses, Akhtar said on Thursday.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that a focus on healthcare sector is needed and we will be doing that. This is why both the Jamias have decided to join hands and work for the country. Not just Jamia Hamdard, but we are open to sitting together and working with various sources who can lend their expertise on the matter,” the VC was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“Medical colleges require the work done by several vice-chancellors and not just one. We hope we can sow the right seeds so that the work can be taken forward by other vice chancellors,” she added.
On his part, Jamia Hamdard University Vice Chancellor Hamid Ahmed proposed a fully-funded Hakeem Abdul Hameed Chair at JMI, which can be a centre of research on common objectives of the two institutes.
Akhtar also said that the focus will be on female students since they can enroll in a number of courses in the healthcare sector. Moreover, safe hostel facilities are also in plan for the female students.
Akhtar and Ahmed were attending the centenary celebrations of JMI.