Aligarh : Aligarh Muslim University launched the AMU Access program at UGC HRDC to facilitate AMU school students for learning English language through the English Access Micro scholarship program.
The launching ceremony was attended by American Diplomat Dr Ruth Goode, Director Regional English Language Office (RELO), US Embassy and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tariq Mansoor. The Chief Guest on the occasion, Dr Ruth also provided enrolment certificate to the students of AMU Schools for the program.
AMU has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RELO, US Embassy in a two year program in 2007. This is the seventh cycle of the program being run successfully at AMU.
“This programme has provided a great opportunity to youth for developing their English language proficiency”, said Dr. Ruth Goode.
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor met Dr Ruth and stressed that the relationship of AMU with the American Embassy goes a long way and it is further strengthened by the Access program run by the UGC HRDC.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Asfar Ali Khan, Director, Directorate of School Education, said that the results of these programmes have brought positive change in the AMU school students.
Dr Faiz Zaidi, coordinator of the Access program and Dr Sajidul Islam, Access teacher gave a brief presentation on the journey of Access program and its association with AMU. Ms Rachna Sharma, Access Programme Coordinator, RELO and Ms Pooja Ranade interacted with AMU school students who have enrolled for the Access batches.
Dr Hamida Tariq, well-known pediatrician; highlighted the importance of English as a global language. She asserted its importance for students to utilize the opportunity of expressing themselves in English language in everyday activities.
Prof A R Kidwai, Academic Advisor, AMU Access programme said that over the years this program has borne a transformative value for the AMU school students.
Dr Faiza Abbasi, Director UGC Academic Staff College appreciated the role of RELO which has now entered seventh cycle.
On the occasion Prof Mohammed Gulrez, PVC, AMU, Prof Naeema Khatoon Principal Women’s College and Ms Tanveer Badar were also present.
An interactive session along with the award function was also held, in which 125 access students
were present with the alumni of the program.