Aligarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the Aligarh Muslim University on its completion of 100 glorious years. Speaking to the entire University via a video link, the PM said the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) represents “mini-India”.
Modi said that the AMU campus is like a city and it can be called a mini India with different departments, dozens of hostels, thousands of teachers and professors. He said the diversity here is the strength of the university and nation.
The PM was happy that each alumnus he meets from AMU has kind words to say about the University. He said wherever the alumni of the University are they represent the rich heritage and culture of India. “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,” he said.
Modi also paid his respect to the founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan saying he believed that the growth of the country was above caste and religion.
Modi said, “The country is marching forward on the path where every citizen would get the benefits of development happening in the country without any discrimination.”
He also said that when it comes to India’s progress, it is important to set aside ideological differences.
PM Modi also expressed his concern on state of education of Muslim girls, adding the school dropout rate among Muslim girls was more than 70 per cent and this situation persisted for 70 years.
He said that AMU has played a stellar role by conducting free tests, made isolation wards and created plasma banks. He hailed AMU’s contribution to the PM Cares Fund.
He has also released a postal stamp as part of the centenary celebrations of the University. Aligarh Muslim University completing 100 years has now become one of the oldest surviving universities in India.
With Inputs from the Indian Express