Aliah University is going to introduce two new courses from the 2017 academic session.
They are integrated courses in Economics and Islamic Studies.
Professor Nursadh Ali, Registrar of the university said that there would a five year integrated course in Economics. Three years will be for Honours course and two years for post-graduation. "The sole purpose of the university is to impart quality education and create interest among the students about the subjects," the Registrar said.
Till now the students had studied Islamic Theology, but from now the development of Islam and cultural growth will also be taught to the students. This is for the first time when Islamic Studies has been inducted into the course of any university.
The New Town campus which stands at 20 acre of land and houses the administrative block along with the hostels for boys and girl students has two more campuses at Park Circus and Haji Mohammad Mahasin Square.
The building of Calcutta madarsa which had become Aliah University in 2007 has been declared as a heritage structure and steps have been taken to repair the structure which was constructed in 1780 during the time of the East India Company.
The university has 5,500 students. The nursing course is totally residential with the university proposing to set up a medical college soon. Professor Ali said the university was a combination of
tradition and modernity. On one hand there are classes on theology and on the other there are integrated engineering courses, law, MBA along with the traditional arts and science subjects.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave much attention to upgrade the university. Besides, regular academic courses, the university gives coaching to students who will be appearing for the state civil service examination. It may be mentioned that the university recently gave training to some persons who would be opening businesses in New Town and who do not have any prior knowledge of setting up a business.
The university gives scholarship to students coming from economically challenged background. The university runs a full-fledged training and placement cell which is under the supervision of a Training and Placement officer (TPO).
Special training sessions are conducted to develop soft skills among the students along with English communication skills. The university has also taken steps to upgrade the science laboratories.