14-NOV-2016: The Aligarh Muslim University is going to organize a five day long International Conference on the theme 'The Ganga River-Past, Present and Future' from February 13 to 17, 2016 at New Delhi, the National Capital to showcase the very purpose of the Conference at international level. The AMU administration has requested India International Centre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, National Museum Institute and Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi to be the Co-Sponsors.
Apart from the main theme, the International Conference is also going to cover : The Ganga and Development of Indian Civilization- 11th Century BC onwards, The Ganga in Indian Art (sculptures, paintings and architecture), The Ganga in the Promotion of South East Asian Art, The Ganga as Geographical, Socio-Cultural and Sacred space, Imaging the Ganga in the East and West, The Ganga in Urdu Poetry and Literature, Searching new dimensions in Mekong- Ganga, Evolving programmes of Mass Education for a Clean Ganga, Engineering support for the Clean Ganga, Policy, Planning and Implementation of the Safeguard of Ganga, Reforestation and Protection of wildlife in Ganga basin and Financing and Protection of Ganga as the sub-themes. The AMU administration has urged the respective Co-Sponsors to suggest any additional themes and modifications to make the Conference more vibrant.
The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah (Veteran), while announcing for the Conference, has said that Aligarh Muslim University lies in the fertile plains of the "Do-Aab" between river Ganges and Yamuna and fully subscribes to "Ganga-Yamuna Tehzeeb" culture. He stated that the scientists at AMU are involved in projects carried out for the safeguard of our sacred rivers.
Lt Gen Shah said that it is imperative to keep our natural resources pure as these sustain life and maintain an ecological balance. He informed that the increase in flow of industrial wastes, untreated sewage and reduced natural flow of the rivers are the major factors leading to water pollution. The Vice Chancellor further said that it is the need of the hour to bring back the ecological flow of the sacred river Ganga which is joined by 150 small rivers. It is an irony that we failed to keep even the sacred Ganga clean due to sheer ignorance, he added.
Lt Gen Shah informed that Ganga is one of the most polluted rivers in India in which the level of pollution is more than 3000 times as compared to the permissible limit defined by WHO as "safe". He said that in spite of all the plans, actions, schemes and funds the river Ganga is still facing the problem of pollution, in view of which it has become mandatory to come forward and join hands to work objectively for our Generation-Next within time frame and find out ways and means before the situation goes from pan to fire.
The AMU administration is in touch with the concerned authorities to finalize the names of the VIPs, Participants and other Dignitaries for the inaugural and valedictory functions depending upon their respective availability.