[Following is an official Jamia press release dated March 14, 2014]
A high-profile delegation from Al-Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia visited Jamia Millia Islamia to explore opportunities of academic collaborations. The delegates from the largest University in Saudi Arabia that boasts of several centers of research and excellence along with the specialized departments led by Rector, Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Abdullah Abal Khalil sought intense academic interface with Jamia. It was conveyed that Saudi Arabia would finance establishment of Chairs in respect of Islamic Studies and Civilizational Dialogue besides organizing joint seminars, conferences and symposia. The Cultural Attaché of the Saudi Arabia in New Delhi offered to facilitate all such academic engagements.
Dwelling upon the historic ties with India, Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Abdullah Abal Khalil underlined his institution’s eagerness to partner with Jamia Millia Islamia even as he discussed the strengths of his University and existing collaborations with Universities across continents.
Earlier, while welcoming the delegates, Prof. S.M. Sajid spoke about the traditional ties that India shared with Saudi Arabia and how critical it was to strengthen ties with academic institutions. Talking about Jamia’s engagements with Saudi Arabia, he referred to conferment of Honoris Causa on their visionary leaders in the past. Prof. Dr.
Sulaiman Abdullah sought pro-active engagements in terms of new initiatives that could be explored and actualized.