Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) via video conferencing.
Prime Minister Modi also released a postal stamp during the event. Chancellor of the University Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank are present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. This is the first time PM Modi is participating in a programme of the Aligarh Muslim University.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s address:
- I would begin by saying thank you for making me a part of your celebration and happiness on completing 100 years.
- I see the campus buildings all lit up in celebrations. But these are not mere buildings, but the place from where innumerable alumni have contributed immensely in taking the nation forward.
- Wherever they may be, the alumni of this prestigious institution has always made India proud.
- It is not just the alumni and the students, but the contribution of each and every teacher over the last 100 years, since the start of this university.
- Not just in academics, but your contributions in other ways have also been extremely valuable to the nation. Recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the manner in which you set up facilities for check-ups, the manner in which you all helped those who needed it, as well as contributing significantly to the PM CARES fund, all show your sincere intent towards working for the nation.
- At this prestigious university, if a student can imbibe her/his education in Urdu, so can they in Hindi, On one side one can get knowledge about Arabic, on the other so can we in Sanskrit. One on side you can learn the teachings of the Quran, while on the other, AMU teaches the teachings of the Gita and other scriptures too. This is what India is all about, and this institution functions every day on that principle.
- Sir Syed Ahmed Khan said that when you receive education and come into the work sphere, you must work towards all, without any discrimination, without seeing caste or creed or religion. That is a thought that we must always carry with us.
- The Centre is working everyday for the benefit of all its citizens. The central schemes – be it healthcare or gas and electricity connections, etc – they all benefit everyone.
- Public conveniences and toilets benefit everyone, and all sections of society.
- In fact, the dropout rate in school among Muslim girls has gone down from 70% to currently around 30%, and we are working towards minimising this further.
- The government is focused on education and empowerment of our Muslim daughters.
- Women’s empowerment is fundamental towards taking any nation forward. A good education leads to financial empowerment, and financial empowerment leads to a woman making independent decisions. And that is key towards then taking both their families and the nation forward.
- I would love to hear from you all at Aligarh Muslim University on how to make India self-reliant and how to work on successfully taking ‘local to global’. Your ideas and sugestions are always welcome and is greatly valued.
- I want you all to think about how we can build an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).