02-OCT-2019: AMU celebrates Gandhi Jayanti
Aligarh, October 2: Very few people in this world left an ever-lasting impression on fellow beings like Mahatma Gandhi and to pay homage to an apostle of peace and a missionary of non-violence, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) commemorated the Gandhi Jayanti, 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Maulana Azad (MA) Library.
Addressing a gathering of AMU teachers, students and other staff at the Cultural Hall of MA Library, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest world leaders, who inspired Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr and Albert Einstein among many others.
He emphasised that ideals of Mahatma Gandhi offer solution to overcome various universal issues including global warming.
"Gandhiji's advocacy to promote 'simple living and high thinking' implied living in sync with the environment and abstaining from excessive consumerism and exploitation of natural resources," said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi's teachings are relevant even today and will continue to inspire people.
He added that non-violence is still and will remain the most relevant way of handling situations.
"Gandhiji protested against oppression and tyranny on all sections of society and communities," said Prof Mansoor adding that Gandhiji promoted the idea of bringing self-reliance in rural areas.
"Mahatma Gandhi always believed that nations can only progress if there is equality and tolerance among populations," said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor later administered a pledge to work with dedication for preserving and strengthening the freedom and integrity of the Nation. He also led AMU teachers, students and non-teaching staff in a 'Swachchta Shapath' (Cleanliness Pledge) by saying that Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of a developed and clean country.
Earlier in the day, the Vice Chancellor inaugurated an exhibition of rare books, documents, journals, and finely-curated photographs depicting all the significant events from Mahatma Gandhi's life. The three-day long exhibition open to visitors from 10: 00 am to 5: 00 pm will conclude on October 4.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb and Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) were also present on the occasion.
Prof M Rizwan Khan (Chairman, Department of English) pointed out that Gandhiji today is more relevant as an idea than as a historical figure.
He added that Gandhiji's appearance was of a weak and fragile person, but his actions were of a very strong, committed, persuasive and a devoted world leader.
Prof Khan emphasised that Gandhiji struggled against the evils and sickness of society and worked for communal harmony all his life.
"Gandhiji, gave a new dimension to Ahimsa (non-violence)-an eternal, natural and the highest human value, in theory and practice. Mahatma Gandhi's ideas and practices became equally adaptable in his own time for people of his own country and proved to be the guiding force for people all over the world," said Prof Khan.
Dr Mohibul Haque said that Gandhiji often felt helpless when he saw the world in turmoil, a result of the differences between ideals.
He added that Mahatma Gandhi inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all mankind. "Gandhiji was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideals to bring about peace with non-violence," said Dr Haque.
AMU students, Nishant Bhardawaj (BA Political Science) and Ms Afnan (BA English) delivered speeches on how Mahatma Gandhi worked for solutions to all problems through the means of non-violence and how his ideas based on non-violence are entirely important in the new world.
Prof F S Sherani conducted the programme, while Dr Mohammad Yusuf, Librarian, M A Library proposed the vote of thanks.
NSS AMU Unit, Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Senior Secondary School-Girls, Sayyid Hamid Senior Secondary School-Boys, AMU ABK High School-Girls, AMU ABK High School-Boys, AMU Girls School, Abdullah School, AMU City Girls High School, AMU City School and STS School also commemorated the Gandhi Jayanti with special programmes.
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AMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor with PVC Prof Akhtar Haseeb Registrar Mr Abdul Hamid IPS and Librarian Dr Mohammad Yusuf at Gandhi Jayanti exhibition
AMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor looking at a rare photograph on display at Gandhi Jayanti exhibition
AMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor administering pledge at Gandhi Jayanti celebrations
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