From Mini India to AMU Buildings: Highlights of Prime Minister Modi’s Speech at the Varsity Centennial Celebration
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Muslim University of Aligarh (AMU) centennial celebration via video conference on Tuesday. Also present were AMU Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The Prime Minister also released a postage stamp as part of the celebration. This was also the first AMU event he was a part of.
These are the highlights of his speech:
* The history of education attached to AMU buildings was an integral part of India’s legacy and he has met a number of proud AMU graduates during his overseas visits. He said AMU designed, polished and inspired millions to contribute to society.
* The country was on a path in which all citizens could benefit from the development of the country, be sure of their constitutional rights and their freedom without any type of discrimination. He said the country was on a path where no one would be left behind or discriminated against on the basis of religion and that everyone would enjoy the same opportunities.
* PM Modi also praised AMU for its work during the coronavirus pandemic. He said AMU’s work to conduct free tests, make isolation rooms, create plasma banks and contribute to the PM CARES Fund was unprecedented and showed the seriousness of meeting obligations to society.
* He said that the school dropout rate among Muslim girls used to be 70%, a situation that persisted for 70 years, but thanks to the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission, toilets were built in the villages that exponentially helped these girls, and as a result, the churn rate has dropped to 30%.
* The Prime Minister called AMU a ‘Mini India’ thanks to its various departments, dozens of hostels, thousands of teachers and professors. He said that the diversity displayed was not only the strength of the university but also that of the nation.
* He urged the university not to let the force of this diversity weaken and said they must work together to ensure that the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ is strengthened day by day on the AMU campus.
* The prime minister said that nearly 100 years ago AMU Founder-Chancellor Begum Sultan worked towards the creation of the modern Muslim community, and with the abolition of practices like talaq, the country had moved in that direction.
* He congratulated AMU on increasing female enrollment to 35% and said his government was committed to the education and empowerment of Muslim women.