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70,000 and still going strong

Staff Reporter

JBAS College golden jubilee

Chennai: Over 70,000 girl students have passed through the portals of the Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed (JBAS) College, since its inception 50 years ago as a part of the South Indian Education Trust (SIET),Moosa Raza, the trust chairman, said.

Of the 70,000, only 35 per cent belonged to the Muslim community, Mr. Raza said. The college housed 6,000 students, 40 departments and 300 staff members for day and evening sessions. "Though the college aims to educate girls belonging to the minority community, no such criteria is applied while recruiting teaching staff," he said.

The JBAS College offers kindergarten classes to research programmes, all on the same premises.

The college has sent a proposal to the All-India Council for Technical Education to set up a centre for management studies and information technology, Mr. Raza said.

Future plans

Listing the college's future plans, Mr. Raza said Donald Duncan, an educational consultant from Canada, was evolving a roadmap for growth. The University of Madras has sought autonomy status for the college. "We also plan to buy land this year to expand the college," he said.

Salma Salahuddin, college principal, said it has been proposed to start a postgraduate course in human rights as well as values in education in 2006-07 and a course in sports psychology.

A gym for women would be set up, she said. The college planned to start a number of job-oriented courses.

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the college, the various departments will hold seminars, discussions and workshops.

The valedictory session of the golden jubilee will be held in March.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several Union Ministers were expected to participate, Mr. Raza said.

Sirajuddin Sayeed, treasurer, Kamaluddin Fakhri, secretary, Faizur Rahman Sayeed, co-ordinator of the golden jubilee celebrations and Raffath Sayeed, executive council member, participated.

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