Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses Muslim University Aligarh Centennial Celebrations | India News
This is the first time that PM Modi will participate in a program at the Muslim University of Aligarh. PM Modi also released a postage stamp during the event. AMU Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank attended the event.
At the beginning of the week, the buildings of the Muslim University of Aligarh (AMU) were lit up for the centennial celebrations.
Here are the main quotes from PM Modi’s address:
- I express my gratitude for inviting me to join the centennial celebrations of the Muslim University of Aligarh.
- AMU alumni are spread across the world and take pride in their alma mater. Your pride is justified. In 100 years of existence, AMU has provided its students with a progressive, scientific approach to life.
- The contributions made by the university during the coronavirus pandemic were unprecedented. They helped people get tested for free, built isolation rooms, started plasma banks, provided hospital beds, and helped society.
- Over the past 100 years, AMU has also worked to strengthen India’s relations with many countries around the world. Research done here on Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages, research on Islamic literature, gives new energy to India’s cultural relations with the entire Islamic world.
- Research in Islamic studies carried out at AMU is internationally recognized.
- I have been told that at least 1000 international students are currently enrolled.
- AMU students have a responsibility to share all that is good about India with the world. They have a dual responsibility to contribute to the construction of the nation and also to help India strengthen its soft power.
- The founder of AMU, Sir Syed, had said that the growth of the country is above the caste and religion of the people.
- He also gave an example and said that for the body to stay healthy, all parts of the body must be healthy.
- Sir Syed has also said that religion should not be the reason for anyone’s backwardness.
- I recently met an AMU alumnus who is also an academic and told him that we made free toilets and there was no discrimination in its construction. All communities benefited from these free toilets.
- Previously, the dropout rate for Muslim girls was 70 percent due to the lack of toilets and now it is only 30 percent.
- Also at AMU, a bridging course has been started for students who had to drop out of school.
- Thirty-five percent of the students at AMU today are female, I congratulate AMU for this feat.
The AMU became a University in 1920, through an Act of the Legislative Council of India which elevated the Anglo-Oriental Mohammedan College (MAO) to the status of Central University. MAO College was created in 1877 by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, according to the PMO statement.
The University has a campus spread over 467.6 hectares of land in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. It also has three off-campus centers in Malappuram (Kerala), Murshidabad-Jangipur (West Bengal) and Kishanganj (Bihar).