Aligarh Muslim University occupies a unique position amongst universities and institutions of higher learning in the country. Internationally, AMU was ranked 801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018. The same institute ranked it 131-140 among BRICS nations in 2016, 151-160 in Asia. It was ranked 11 among universities in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017. The Faculty of Law was ranked 2nd in India by India Today in 2017. . Throughout its history a sizable number of university alumni, popularly known as Aligs, have become notable in many varied fields, both academic and otherwise, ranging from Dr. Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India; Bharat Ratna Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan; the former Vice-President of India Mr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Dr. Andre Weil, the French mathematician of the 20th century; Padma Bhsuhan Dr. Ashok Seth - renowned cardiologist, Anwara Taimur the first and the only woman to be the Chief Minister of Assam, Sahab Singh Verma Former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheikh Abdullah, and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed both former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Sports persons like Dhyan Chand, Lala Amarnath and Zafar Iqbal and noted Film Industry personalities - Shakeel Badayuni, Talat Mahmood, Rahi Masoom Raza, Naseeruddin Shah, Javed Akhtar, Anubhav Sinha are some among the many alumni of the university.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College was ranked as the 8th best among 400 Medical Colleges of India in a survey by India Today- Neilson in 2016. The college has a cherished history and earned for itself a place of pride in the field of medical education. It was established in 1962.
Every department has latest equipments in laboratories, research labs, and departmental libraries along with latest audio visual teaching aids. The Library has been selected by the National Medical Library (NML) for its Pilot Project of Interlinking of Government Medical College Libraries with NML.The College is also running various programmes sponsored by UNICEF, WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICMR, ICSSR etc.
The Department of Preventive and Social Medicine was established in 1962. As the importance and scope of the subject increased, the name was changed to Department of Community Medicine. The department carries out its primary objectives of health training of Undergraduate (MBBS) and Postgraduate students (MD) and training of interns in community medicine. The department has two well established Teaching and Training Centres, one in Rural Area, Jawan (RHTC), situated 17 Km from Aligarh on Anoopshahar Road and the other in a periurban area at Purani Chungi (UHTC). RHTC and UHTC cater population of 15,000 and 14,000 respectively where mostly free health care service are provided. Department collaborates with District Hospital in planning and implementation of several National Health Programs such as Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, National Polio Eradication Programme, National AIDS Control Programme, National Immunization Programme, Maternal and Child Health Program, and Blindness Control Program etc. Research in the areas of Public Health and Community Health are essential aspects of the department. The Community Health training gives a clear picture of socio-cultural, economic and other multiple factors associated with health and disease, and concepts about planning and management of programs for preventing disease and improving health of the community as a whole. At post-graduate level, it prepares the Public Health Specialist, an important human resource for the country, with job opportunities in several public health domains at national and international level.
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