Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the George Washington University Law School, USA, which will facilitate faculty members, researchers and Ph.D. students from each other institution to participate for a semester or two as Visiting Scholars for the purpose of conducting research.
The mutual cooperation envisaged individual scholars from both the law institutions to establish contacts and develop mutual interests. The major area of cooperation includes Intellectual Property Law, Islamic Law, Constitutional Law, International and Comparative Law and Environmental Law.
This decision has been taken after three-member delegation of George Washington University visited AMU believing that the extension and strengthening of scientific exchange will help to touch the goal of advancing justice. It was efforts of two AMU alumni Mr. Frank Islam and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah which have helped to tie with each other.
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis described the occasion as a historic moment and said that AMU has signed the MoU with one of the world’s leading higher educational institutions in law with substantial expertise in administrative law, public interest law, international and comparative law, environmental law and intellectual property law.
“The MoU is a window of opportunity that enables the students to build their future. It is the beginning of a long journey. The memorandum became live and vibrant only when all of us contribute meaningfully and carry forward its objective and goals” he added.
Dr. Fredrick Lawrence, Dean, Faculty of Law at George Washington University welcoming the new and innovative academic partnership said that his University offered more than sixty courses and it was providing the facilities to students from fifty-five different countries including India.
He said that the AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis visited George Washington University and proposed the MoU to promote law and justice globally with sound academic and research initiatives. It is this dream that is at the threshold of turning into reality.
Mr. Frank F. Islam, a noted entrepreneur in US said “I am proud to be an alumnus of this remarkable institution. He admired the leadership of AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis and his vision. He is passionate, committed and determined to succeed and he is the true voice of Aligarh” he added.
As a result of this MoU he envisioned a broad range of activities including conferences, students scholarships, visiting fellows, lecture series, exchange programs and other area of common interest between AMU and George Washington University.
Mr. Islam said that AMU is a true treasure. This University’s success as a Centre of knowledge serves as a beacon for the entire world. The University stands as a symbol of equality, dignity, tolerance and inclusiveness.