From next academic session, students applying for higher studies at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will have a wider array of subjects to choose from. The university has decided to start two new centres — Centre for Chinese Studies and Centre for Afghanistan Studies — for students applying for MPhil or PhD programmes.
The two centres will function under the aegis of the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar (MMAJ) Academy of International Studies.
“The centres will be operational from March 2012. One major prerequisite is that the student should have a thorough knowledge of the languages spoken in and,” said Shri Prakash, professor at the MMAJ Academy of International Studies.
According to him, the courses promise to open up avenues for students in print media, the civil services and as professors in universities.
Apart form these courses, there are plans to start another centre for nano sciences and nano technology.
“We will be starting a full-fledged centre in nano sciences and nano technology. Funds for the same have been sanctioned by the UGC,” said Najeeb Jung, vice-chancellor, JMI.
For students pursuing chemistry at the higher level, this comes as good news since it opens up opportunities in the application of medicine, biomaterials and energy production and its environmental impacts.