Aligarh: Heretofore, many girls from the lower economic strata in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) were deprived of gadgets to attend online classes. Nevertheless, generous donations from the AMU Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (AMUAA-GC), USA of Rs 60 lac for underprivileged female students attending the Women’s College and Rs 18.90 lac for such students in Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Science have ensured that these students will finally have smartphones and laptops for online classes amidst the Covid19 pandemic.
The funds have been received after an appeal to the alumni by AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor. He has also constituted a committee to formulate the criteria for selection of students in need of gadgets to attend online classes. The committee includes Prof Naima Khatoon (Principal, Women’s College) and Prof Mohammad Tabish, Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences.
“I express my sincere appreciation to AMUAA-GC for their assistance in providing the poor students this privilege. Their kindness and generosity will remain forever,” said Prof Mansoor.
These funds have been marked for the poor and needy students who cannot afford to purchase the necessary devices for online education, said Prof S M Jawed Akhtar, Finance Officer.
Extending gratitude, Prof Naima Khatoon, Principal, Women’s College said that the funds are sufficient to provide the poor students with the equipments for online learning.
Prof Mohammad Tabish, Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry expressed that the aid was urgently needed to support the deserving girl students in the present times of Covid19 emergency.