02-OCT-2018: AMU celebrates Gandhi Jayanti
Aligarh, October 2: Only a few people in the history of civilizations have made an everlasting impact as huge as Mahatma Gandhi and to pay tribute to him who was a pivot behind India's struggle for freedom against the British rule, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) celebrated 'Gandhi Jayanti' (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary) and the International Day of Non-Violence at the University's Maulana Azad (MA) Library.
Addressing a gathering of AMU teachers, students and University staff at the Cultural Hall of MA Library, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Mohammad Hanif Beg said that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest people to have ever lived, who inspired world leaders of his time and today.
"With a firm belief that tolerance is the extreme strength that lies within everyone, Gandhiji inspired the world with his Satyagraha and Non-Violence movements, said the Pro Vice Chancellor.
He added that Gandhiji wanted to become a doctor, but it was after his father's wish that he chose to study law in England, eventually moving to South Africa for legal practice where he also advocated for the civil rights of Indians.
Prof Beg pointed out that it was after the request of Gopal Krishna Gokhale that Gandhi returned to India in 1915 to join the Indian National Congress and was introduced to Indian issues, politics and the Indian people primarily by travelling all over the country.
"In the eyes of millions of his fellow Indians and people all over the world, Gandhi was the Mahatma, a great soul, which could be seen in the adoration of the huge crowds that gathered to see him all along the route of his tours," said the Pro Vice Chancellor.
Prof Beg administered a pledge to work with dedication for preserving and strengthening the freedom and integrity of the nation and to keep the country clean. He also inaugurated the exhibition of books, journals and photographs of Mahatma Gandhi at the M A Library's Central Hall.
Prof A R Kidwai, Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre delineated Gandhiji's relation with AMU. He said that Gandhiji was the first person to be given the life membership of the AMUSU in 1920.
"Gandhiji considered Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as one of the early pioneers who understood the critical role of education for the empowerment of the poor," said Prof Kidwai pointing out that Gandhiji was quoted saying, 'Sir Syed was the Prophet of education'.
"On his visit to AMU in October 1920, Gandhiji called upon AMU students and fraternity to join the freedom movement," said Prof Kidwai.
Prof Siraj Ajmali, Department of Urdu emphasised that Gandhiji's autobiography 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth', is a window to the workings of Mahatma Gandhi's mind, a window to the emotions of his heart, a window to understanding what drove this seemingly ordinary man to the heights of being the father of a nation.
AMU students, Abdul Saboor (MA English) and Bushra Salahuddin (BA Communicative English) spoke on how Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed his thriving law practice and adopted a simple life to live among the millions of Indians living under poverty during the freedom struggle.
AMU Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) conducted the programme, while Dr Amjad Ali, Librarian, M A Library proposed the vote of thanks.
The Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Senior Secondary School-Girls and STS School also commemorated the Gandhi Jayanti with special programmes.
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Related PicturesAMU PVC Prof M H Beg visiting the Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi
AMU PVC Prof M H Beg with Registrar Mr Abdul Hamid and Librarian Dr Amjad Ali
PVC looking at rare pictures of Mahatma Gandhi
PVC Prof M H Beg administering the Gandhi Jayanti Plegde
PVC Prof M H Beg with University officials at the M A Library during Gandhi Jayanti
STS School Principal Mr Faisal Nafis addressing during the Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations
Senior Secondary School Girls Principal Mrs Nagma Irfan addressing during Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations
Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at Ahmadi School
Prof Masroor Alam addressing the Gandhi Jayanti programme at NSS