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Prof Talat Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Announces the Australian Chapter of the Ja

Prof Talat Ahmed, the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, (New Delhi, India) is currently in Australia for a research project that he is working on in Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. When Cr Intaj Khan from Wyndham Council, who is an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia, got to know about Prof Ahmed's visit, he was keen to get him to visit Melbourne and meet some of the former students.

Prof Talat Ahmed - Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia

​On Cr Khan's invitation, Prof Ahmed agreed to visit Melbourne for a day, in the hope of meeting the former students and hoping to initiate a strong alumni group in Australia. Cr Khan was quick to organise a meet and greet session at the Nawab Restaurant in Werribee on Sunday 10th April evening, that saw the participation of more than 25 people, including some former Jamia students - Intaj Khan, Amir Khawaja (Torus Group), Dr Vikrant Kishore -RMIT, Wajib Ali and Qazi Ahmed (Lariba Developers), and a few prominent community members - Kashif Bonus (GM Bulldogs), Kevin Dobson (Australian Filmmaker) and Safawat Ali (Sold Real Estate).

Jamia Millia Islamia is among the top Universities in India, with more than twenty thousand students, including 600 international students. Jamia also boasts of having India's best media institute - AJK Mass Communication and Research Centre - that has produced some big names in the Indian media and film industry, such as Shah Rukh Khan - the reigning king of Bollywood, ace journalist Barkha Dutta, film director Kabir Khan, Kiran Rao, and scriptwriters Habib Faisal and Ritesh Shah, to name a few.

Prof Ahmed, stated that he has already started Global Jamia Alumni Association (G-JAAN) and students from the Middle-East and some European countries have already taken a lead and have joined the association. Prof Ahmed was very happy and glad that through Cr Khan he got this excellent opportunity to meet up with few of the former Jamia students in Melbourne and to initiate the formation of the Australian chapter of Global Jamia Alumni Association.

Prof. Ahmed was happy to meet up with Dr Vikrant Kishore from RMIT University and showed his keenness to visit RMIT in his next visit to Australia. Jamia Millia Islamia has taken a lead in practice based research, and the Vice Chancellor was happy to learn about the opportunities that the Australian Universities are providing. Prof Ahmed expressed a great interest in starting collaborative relationship with the Australian Universities soon.

Cr Intaj Khan stressed on the importance of Australian and Indian collaboration in the field of education, he said, that formation of the Australian chapter of Jamia Alumni Association is a step in the right direction, and getting the Vice Chancellor to announce it in Melbourne has been really wonderful and will certainly find many of the alumni's coming together in the near future to support and work for the University.

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