New Delhi, Jul 1 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday advised Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Prof Najma Akhtar that in order to invite more foreign applications, the university needs to change its perception outside of India.Mr President told Prof Akhtar that it could be done by developing friendly relationships with foreign ambassadors as such cordial associations would attract foreign students to the public central university.
Prof Akhtar had called on President Kovind to apprise him of the steps taken by her for improving academic and research activities in the university.Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has retained its rank in the coveted Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking at 751-800 with its research intensity been described as very high. It has secured 13th position among 23 Indian institutions featured in the QS Ranking 2020, along side being placed at fourth position, above Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
The QS global rankings 2020 released in London has taken into account 1,620 institutions worldwide and published the ranking of 1,001 institutions out of it. At 334 globally, the Faculty Student ratio is the strongest indicator for JMI.The Higher Education Department of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has recently released a five-year Vision Plan under Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP), which aims to promote India as a global study destination and upgrade the quality of education to global standards.
The programme also intends to see Indian institutes among top-1000 global universities and the well-known universities like JMI falls in line with its goal of transforming the Indian Education System.During the meeting, she informed Kovind that the university required special grants to upgrade its infrastructure as well as to organise centenary celebrations of the varsity next year and invited Mr President for the university convocation which is likely to be held by the end of this year.