Evoking the rich legacy of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praises on the university’s contribution during COVID-19 crisis while addressing the centenary celebrations held on Tuesday.
PM Modi also released a postal stamp during to mark the historic event. AMU Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank were also present on the occasion. This incidentally was the first time in over five decades that a Prime Minister attended an AMU event.
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Addressing students and faculty members virtually, PM Modi said, “It is unprecedented the way AMU helped the society during this crisis of coronavirus. Free tests for thousands, building isolation wards and plasma banks and contributing a large amount to the PM Care Fund shows AMU’s seriousness in fulfilling their obligations to the society.”
“People tell me that the AMU campus is like a city in itself. We see a Mini India among different departments, dozens of hostels, thousands of teachers and professors. The diversity which we see here is not only the strength of this university but also of the entire nation,” he said, adding, “We must not forget this power of diversity, nor let it get weakened. We should work together to ensure that spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ grows stronger day by day in the campus of Aligarh Muslim University.”
He also reiterated that India is marching forward on the path where every and every citizen would get the benefits of development without any discrimination. “The country is on the path where every citizen should rest assured about their constitutional rights and their future,” he said.
Evoking AMU’s glorious past, PM Modi said, “AMU alumni represent the rich heritage and the culture of India wherever they go. In its 100 years of history, AMU has crafted and polished millions of lives, giving them modern and scientific thinking and inspiring them to do something for the society and the nation.”
“At this prestigious university, if a student can imbibe her or his education in Urdu, so can they in Hindi, On one side one can get knowledge about Arabic, on the other so can we in Sanskrit. One on side you can learn the teachings of the Quran, while on the other, AMU teaches the teachings of the Gita and other scriptures too. This is what India is all about, and this institution functions every day on that principle,” PM observed.