15-AUG-2019: AMU celebrates Independence Day with great fervor
Aligarh, August 15: "Independence Day provides us an opportunity to recall the services rendered by the indomitable heroes of the freedom movement led by the father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi; Pandit Jawahal Lal Nehru; Sardar Patel; Maulana Azad; Subhash Chandra Bose and others. It reminds us of the valour and sacrifices of our great forefathers who were the torch bearers of the freedom movement," said AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor, while addressing a gathering of teachers, students and other staff members at Strachey Hall after hoisting the national flag, marking the 73rd Independence Day of India.
He added: "It was because of the struggle and sustained efforts of freedom fighters that we stand today and breathe in an Independent India. Nation can never forget the ultimate sacrifices of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Ashfaqullah Khan, Khudi Ram Bose, and Chandra Shekhar Azad."
Prof Mansoor further said, "It is matter of great satisfaction and pride that India has made great strides since Independence in the field of education, infrastructure, technology, economic development, space exploration, poverty alleviation, food security, and stabilizing the democratic institutions."
He pointed out that the progress we make each year takes us further towards the path that our founding fathers have dreamed of our beloved Nation.
"India is an epitome of unity in diversity and religious tolerance. The concept of 'Sarva Dharma Sambhava'is deeply ingrained in Indian culture and traditions and millions of Indians have been living in peace and amity through the ages," said the Vice Chancellor adding that despite having such diversity in terms of religion and culture, our nation remains by far the largest one to have people living peacefully with each other.
He emphasised that the 'idea of India' as envisioned by the father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi for creating an inclusive, multi-religious, multi-culture, multi-linguistic, multi-ethnic society showing unity in diversity and reflecting the will and aspirations of different sections of the society was enshrined in the Indian Constitution making it a secular and democratic state.
"Legendary founder of AMU, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's vision was couched in the idea of secularism and communal harmony and faithfully represented composite culture of India. He was a nationalist and secularist to the core, who with his acute perceptiveness, realized very early in the day that India's future lay in co-existence between different religions," said Prof Mansoor pointing out that Sir Syed fore-saw that co-existence and progress in such a society will depend on even-handed justice to all sections.
The Vice Chancellor remarked: "It is gratifying to report that our University has figured amid the top ranking educational institutions of our country. AMU has been ranked among top five Universities in India by Times Higher Education and India Today and 2nd best by the US News Education."
"Let us pledge today to take AMU to further heights through our hard work, excellent teaching, quality publications, patents, and state of the art infrastructure on the campus for the benefit of our aspiring students," said Prof Mansoor.
He elaborated: "We are consistently working for the upgradation of our departments of studies and improvement of teaching-learning facilities. Syllabus in departments of Studies has been revised. Last year we converted 85 classrooms into new smart classrooms. Civil construction work is underway for construction of new College of Nursing and Paramedical Science and Institute of Pharmacy is expected to be operationalized in the next academic session."
"We will also commence construction of separate Research Scholars Hostel soon and have submitted proposals for separate hostels for Sports Persons and Foreign Students. The second block of Begum Azizun Nisa Hall will be operationalized next month," said the Vice Chancellor.
"I urge the teaching staff to collaborate with eminent academicians globally through Government of India intiative, GIAN, LEAP and the Alig?s Academic Enrichment Programme," pointed out Prof Mansoor.
He informed that women education at AMU is the focal point for University Centenary Celebrations 2020 and we have already increased seats in various courses at Women's College in this session.
"AMU will be submitting a comprehensive plan for Green Campus to the Ministry of Environment," he said adding that we are committed in making everybody aware and focussed on water preservation, water harvesting, importance of renewable energy including Solar and Wind Energy.
He pointed out that AMU has received first prize in Uttar Pradesh in field of solar energy.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned that various University departments have obtained important projects from agencies such as NHM, Central Waqf Council, MAEF, etc.
"We have re-established Centre for Promotion of Science for Modernization of Madarsa Education and the Maulana Azad Education Foundation has sanctioned Rs 25 Lakhs for the first programme to be held soon," said Prof Mansoor.
The Department of Remote Sensing and Community College have also been sanctioned Rs five crores each by the Central Waqf Council and Ministry of Minority Affairs respectively, he added.
The Vice Chancellor said that NHM has sanctioned almost 62 crore Rupees for various projects in Departments of Cardiac Surgery, Gynaecology and Paediatrics.
Prof Mansoor also highlighted the role of AMU in environmental protection of Taj Mahal and Smart-City projects of Aligarh and Agra.
"I believe in democratic functioning and democratic rights of all sections of the University community, but university will not allow criminal activities in the campus and law and order will be preserved under all circumstances," said the Vice Chancellor, while assuring students of secure, safe and congenial environment in the university to pursue their academic goals.
The Vice Chancellor expressed satisfaction on timely completion of the admission process and commencement of academic session. He urged students to remain disciplined and focus on their studies while emphasising not to pay heed to baseless and fabricated rumours.
Concluding the speech, the Vice Chancellor wished good luck, health and peace to the Nation and the AMU community. He thanked everyone for the renewed Independence Day pledge for bringing glory to India and the University.
"Let us celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and gaiety and salute our National Flag that symbolizes our national pride," said Prof Mansoor.
The Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb with teachers from all the faculties, students and non-teaching staff was present on the occasion. AMU Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) conducted the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.
To mark the occassion, the Vice Chancellor along with his wife Dr Hameeda Tariq and other University officials, laid stone and planted tree saplings at the lawns of Sir Syed Hall (South) and distributed fruits to the ailing students in the University Health Service.
As a part of Independence Day celebrations, the Department of Urdu also organized a poetic evening on the eve of the Independence Day at the Assembly Hall of the University Polytechnic. The Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor presided over the Mushaira (Poetic Symposium) proceedings, while the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb was the Chief Guest. Prof Tariq Mohammad Chattari, Chairman, Department of Urdu welcomed the guests and Prof Seraj Ajmali conducted the proceedings.
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