Pune: A National Skills and Vocational University for Muslim minorities has been proposed on the Wakf land in Kondhwa by Maharashtra Wakf Liberation and Protection Task Force.
The aim is to bring facilities of higher and tertiary education to the young boys and girls from the community to enable them to acquire vocational, skill-based and employment-centric qualifications.
Saleem Mulla, President, Maharashtra Wakf Liberation and Protection Task Force, AJ Khan, retired IT Commissioner, who is a director (Wakf) of Concern for People Trust, submitted the proposal under the guidance of MLA Imtiaz Jaleel on Monday, to the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
According to the proposal, there will be a small campus in the beginning that will be offering full-time programmes but around 10,000 students will be admitted in the external, virtual and distance learning courses besides full-time students on the main campus. The organisation has charted 20 faculties, which are to be offered including faculty of environmental sciences, social sciences, management studies, interfaith studies, faculty of engineering and technology, faculty of oriental medicine, faculty of paramedical studies, faculty of law, faculty of education, faculty of media studies, faculty of dance, drama and music, fine arts, fashion technology and cosmetology, agriculture, science, emerging science and technology, language studies and faculty of library and information sciences.
It has also mentioned guidelines on running the institutions, which include that the programmes introduced in the academy must be job-oriented, lessons should be user-friendly, proper counselling of students must be done, periodical dispatch of lessons and other materials and periodical assignments and progress monitoring should be done. There should be proper communication between the students and institution.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Salim Mulla said, “It will be a first of its kind university in the country where skills and vocational education would be imparted to lakhs of students. It will emerge as one of the role model universities in the country. We hope the government will approve the proposal soon. Once sanctioned, we will raise the funds for the construction of the university infrastructure. The Wakf land can be used for benefit of the community, else it will be encroached.”