06-Jan-2015: In a very touching gesture, Dr. Afshan Hashmi, a US based AMU alumna, daughter of Prof. Majid and Jameela Siddiqui, has gifted a beautiful 22-karat gold necklace studded with invaluable real pearls to her alma mater, Aligarh Muslim University. The antique jewelry also includes a pair of earrings (Jhumka) and a finger ring.
Talking about the beautiful gift, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) said, "We have accepted her gift with gratitude and put the set for an open online auction. I recall, in the last Alumni Meet, similar thing happened when we were gifted with two gold bangles, which went for approximately 7.5 lakhs in an open auction. Of course, in the last case, the highest bidder donated the bangles back to the University which are being put in the University Museum".
The Vice Chancellor further announced, "Anyone interested in buying this invaluable necklace is requested to post his/her bid online at
It may be noted that the University has reserved a minimum price of Rs. 5 lakhs for this jewelry. The jewelry will be sold to the highest bidder.