30-NOV-2020: Vice Chancellor's message on centenary celebrations
Aligarh, November 30: A premier institute of learning and a central university that has produced two Bharat Ratnas: the Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Dr Zakir Husain now completes 100 years of existence. It was on December 1, 1920, the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was transformed into Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) through the official gazette.
Since its inception, AMU has been making seminal contributions to different branches of knowledge and many of its students and faculty members have been awarded Padma awards, President's Award, Gyan Paeth, Saraswati and Sahitya Akademi awards and its scientist alumni have become Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA) and have been conferred with Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize and several other prestigious awards.
On the completion of AMU's remarkable journey of 100 years, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor congratulated the students, teachers, non-teaching staff, alumni and all well-wishers of the University.
"This day is not only an occasion to celebrate but also to express our indebtedness and gratitude to the illustrious community leaders who strove hard to get MAO College upgraded into Aligarh Muslim University. On this day we also remember all those who contributed to the all-round development and growth of the University and making it an Institution of National and International repute," he said.
Prof Mansoor added: "It is a matter of great pride and self-containment that the University has been making a steady progress ever since its inception in 1920 and is at present included amongst the top ranked Indian universities due to the concerted efforts of its faculty and focussed research of its scholars."
He pointed out that the Organising Committee of AMU Centenary Celebrations had drawn a comprehensive programme for the year 2020, but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the university had to drastically restrict and curtail the programs and decided to confine it only to the virtual programs.
"But I assure you that the celebration schedule would be extended to the next year and would be resumed on the appropriate scale once Covid situation is under control," said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor further emphasised, "We fondly remember the legendary founder of the University, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on this special day for his broad vision to extricate the Muslims from the meshes of medieval traditionalism, to inculcate and develop in them scientific temper and to equip them with modern education."
"On this occasion of the completion of 100th year of the establishment of the University, let us take a solemn pledge to rededicate ourselves to the service of the institution and resolve to take the University to new heights of excellence," said Prof Mansoor.
To observe the occasion, AMU buildings and landmarks such as the Administrative Block, Bab-e-Syed, University Staff Club, Faculty of Arts, Maulana Azad Library, Victoria Gate, Sir Syed House, Centenary Gate, University Mosque and Strachey Hall, etc will be illuminated during evenings of November 30 and December 1 with projections of creative lights and design.
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