26-JAN-2019: AMU celebrates Republic Day with vigor and gaiety
Aligarh, January 26: "On this auspicious occasion, we salute our National Flag, that symbolises of our National pride and we fondly remember and pay fragrant tributes to Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, India's first Law Minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India," said Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor while addressing the gathering at 70th Republic Day celebrations in AMU.
AMU today celebrated the Republic Day with enthusiasm and gaiety at the Strechy Hall, to mark the anniversary of the day on which Constitution was adopted in 1950.
After a customary parade by NCC cadets and unfurling of the Tricolour, Vice Chancellor, Prof Mansoor said that we are overwhelmed by the vivid memories of our indomitable heroes of the freedom movement-Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sardar Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and others who fought for our country against the British rule to make India free and made great sacrifices so that we could lead a better life unaffected by ignominy of imperialist domination and colonial exploitation.
He added that India is a country of different religions, customs and traditional languages, known for its cultural diversity throughout the world. "India's pluralism and its social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are its greatest strength. The founding fathers of the nation represented the aspiration of different sections of the society and it is due to their efforts and farsightedness that secular principles got enshrined in the Indian Constitution," said Prof Mansoor pointing out that India is an epitome of unity in diversity based on democracy, federalism, tolerance and secular character of the state.
"The vision of secularism-'Sarwa Dharma Sambhava' (tolerance for all religions) has always been the cornerstone of the Indian culture and it is an indisputable fact that hundreds of millions of Indians belonging to diverse religions lived in peace and comity through the ages," said the Vice Chancellor.
He emphasised that India has achieved tremendous success in the 72 years of Independence and the development that we achieve each year takes us further ahead on the path that our freedom fighters had dreamed of.
"AMU's great founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's concept of nation was inextricably linked with secularism and religious unity. AMU has consistently adhered to the vision of its founder and does no discrimination between any religion, caste or creed," he said.
Prof Mansoor further said, "We at AMU are committed to preservation and protection of our minority character and historical legacy and the University is consistently forging ahead on the path of progress and all round development."
"We are consistently getting high rankings from the Government and international ranking agencies. The Faculty of Life Science, Medicine and Law are among top ranked institutions of the country. AMU is among five Indian universities to be granted Grade II autonomy by the Government," said Prof Mansoor adding, "I am also very happy to announce that the concerned empowered committee of the Government of India has also recommended AMU to be given status of Institute of Eminence."
AMU is playing significant role in reducing neonatal and maternal mortality in Uttar Pradesh by training Government and Semi-Government para-medical staff, said the Vice Chancellor. "AMU has sent a 21 member doctors team for providing medical help to the pilgrims in the ongoing Kumb Mela and the staff and students also gave financial aid to the victims of the recent flood in Kerala," he said.
AMU students Ms Naila Alvi (B A English) and Mr Mateen Ashraf (M A Urdu) also delivered speeches.
The Vice Chancellor later distributed prizes to the winners of the Half-Marathons organised by the University Games Committee and Ahmadi School for Visually Challenged.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg and Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) were also present on the occasion. The flag hoisting ceremony was conducted by Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid.
Manoj Kumar, Irfan Khan and M Salman bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively in the boys category of the University Games Committee Half-Marathon, while Mona Agarwal, Shivani Singh and Mumtaz won the first, second and third prizes respectively in the girls category.
Sagar, Mohammad Kaif and M Ahmad Khan were declared first, second and third respectively in boys category of the Half-Marathon organised by Ahmadi School for Visually Challenged. Preeti Kumari and Khushboo and Siddiqua Fridos finished first, second and third respectively in the girls category.
The Vice Chancellor also flagged off the 'Eco Fox Run' aimed at creating awareness about environment and energy. The event was organised by the University's Eco Club. During the function, Prof Mansoor handed over the Best Parade Trophy to the 8th UP NCC Battalion, AMU Unit.
Earlier in the day, a Prabhat Pheri programme was organised by STS School and Abdullah Hall premises. The university also witnessed celebrations in all offices, faculties, college, departments and schools.
The National Flag was also unfurled at the Administrative Block Building, Vice Chancellor's Lodge, Maualana Azad (MA) Library, Faculty of Arts, all schools and colleges of the University, all offices of the Deans and DSW, all Provost Offices and the Proctor's Office; while the Administrative Block Building, M A Library, Victoria Gate, University Polytechnic Auditorium, Bab-e-Syed and Arts Faculty building were illuminated in Tricolour.
The Vice Chancellor also visited the University Health Service to meet the indoor patients and to distribute fruits. Tree saplings were planted in Sir Syed Hall North and South as a part of the on-going plantation drive.
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AMU Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor delivering Republic Day address
AMU Vice Chancellor with Pro Vice Chancellor and Registrar at Strachey Hall
AMU Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor arriving at the Republic Day function at Stratchey Hall
NCC cadets during customary parade
AMU VC with participants of Eco Fox Run
AMU Vice Chancellor distributing fruits to a patient at University Health Service
AMU Vice Chancellor distributing prizes
AMU Vice Chancellor giving the best parade trophy to eighth UP NCC Battallion AMU Unit
AMU Vice Chancellor inagurating the resurfacing work of road at S S Hall
AMU Vice Chancellor planting a tree sapling at S S Hall
Dr Hameeda Tariq distributing fruits to a patient at University Health Service
Dr Hameeda Tariq with faculty members at Republic Day Celebrations
Prabhat Pheri rally in AMU
STS School students during the Prabhat Pheri
Vice Chancellor distributing prizes during Republic Day celebrations