Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the students and the faculties of Aligarh Muslim University on the occasion of the completion of 100 years of the prestigious university.
“People tell me that the AMU campus is sort of a city in itself. We see a Mini India among different departments, dozens of hostels, thousands of teachers, and professors. the range which we see here isn’t only the strength of this university but also of the whole nation,” he said.
The history of education attached to AMU buildings is India’s valuable heritage. I often meet AMU alumni during my foreign visits, who very proudly say that they’ve studied from AMU,” he added. “Wherever within the world they are going, AMU alumni represent the rich heritage and culture of India…In its 100 years of history, AMU has crafted and polished many lives, giving them modern and scientific thinking and encouraging them to try to do something for the society and for the nation.”
The efforts of the institution in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic by conducting free tests, making isolation wards, and creation of a plasma bank were very much appreciated by the Prime Minister. The PM also hailed the contribution to the PM Cares Fund. He said that these efforts show the sincerity and seriousness to fulfill the obligations towards the society at large.
PM Modi said that the country is advancing towards development where everyone will get equal benefits of the development happening in the country without any discrimination and they should be assured about their constitutional rights and their future here.
“The country is on the path where no citizen would be left behind due to their religion & everyone would get equal opportunities so that everyone can fulfill their dreams. Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas is that the mantra behind it,” he added.
The Prime Minister also brought to notice the school dropout rate amongst Muslim girls. Earlier it was around 70% but now due to mid-day meals, better toilet facilities and other special schemes started by the Government especially for girls it has been reduced to 30%.
During the event, the Prime Minister released a postal stamp as a part of the centenary celebrations of the University. AMU Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also were present at the event.
The 100 years of AMU as a university were completed on September 14 this year and this makes it one of the oldest surviving universities in India.