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Jawaharlal Neru Medical College’s 10-member medical team has
returned from Gujarat after providing medical relief to over 800 people in
the quake-striken areas of Gujarat. The team was led by Dr Nayyar Asif of
the orthopaedic department and had gone by bus with medical supplies worth
Two cases of Labaroscopic Cholecystectomy were successfully performed
on 13 February by Dr Syed Amjad Ali Rizvi,assisted by Dr A.K.Bhardwaj and
Dr Arshad Jamal of Department of Surgery at J.N.Medical College, AMU,
Laproscopic Surgery equipment was installed on 5 February and this was the
Reservation for women
A valedictory session of a two-day national seminar at Aligarh Muslim
University Women’s College on 11 February demanded thirty percent
reservation for women in the elected bodies of educational institutions
and resolved that reservations should be available in those vocational and
technical courses in which the percentage of girls students was low.
Prominent educationists, writers, social workers and intellectuals from
all over India and abroad presented their papers in the two day national
seminar on ‘the life and times of Shaikh Abdullah’, founder of the AMU
The resolution also demanded that a watch cell should be instituted to
monitor and report cases of female foeticide and infanticide to ensure
that the gender gap does not further increase.
In his presidential address, Emeritus Professor M. Shafi said that when
Shaikh Abdullah decided to launch his crusade at the beginning of the
century for education of girls, both Hindus and Muslims were opposed to
the idea of modern education for their girls. They feared that it would
lead to immorality among them
Inaugurating a two day national seminar on ‘Nehru’s Worldview:
Internationalism versus Nationalism’ at AMU on 11 February, former
Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Romesh Bhandari said that Nehru’s ideas on
foreign policy had started taking shape in 1926 during his visit to
England. To clarify Nehru’s stand on world peace, he quoted Krishna
Menon ‘please show me one gun which can fire in one direction’. He
also justified Nehru’s taking the case of Kashmir in U.N. He explained
that Nehru was an idealist and had no expectation of Security Council
turning into a political body.
He said that Nehru’s policy was based on peace, disarmament and
development and disarmament was a focal point of India’s foreign policy.
He also pointed out that now India is becoming more and more relevant for
Emeritus Professor Theodore P Wright Jr (USA) reminded of his last visit
to AMU during the Vice chancellor ship of Badruddin Tyabji. He equated
Nehru with Woodrow Wilson. He also shared that when he first came to India
40 years back he was cautioned by his Secretary of State not to discuss
three Ks - caste, Kashmir and cows.
On his ideas about Nehru and minorities, he claimed that Nehru’s having
soft place for Muslims and patronizing Muslim elites disenabled young
Muslims to be enterprising. He also expressed his ideas about current
state of Muslim politics in India. Lastly he proposed that Azim Premji of
Wipro should be honoured by AMU in some ways.
Delivering his presidential address, AMU vice chancellor, M Hamid Ansari
called upon the delegates to commit them to kind of intellectual level of
Nehru for sustaining academic excellence.
According to Mr Ansari, the greatest contribution of Nehru was that unlike
other newly independent countries India had not to grope for a Worldview
at the time of independence, which catapulted India’s position at the
world scene to a larger extent. With Nehru at the helm of affairs India
was a new voice of Asia in the process of decolonization.
Prof T.A.Nizami, Director of the Centre for Nehru Studies, said that Nehru
had sensed the collapse of Soviet Union as early as 1962 when he felt
‘Marxism, though it throws some light on certain historical processes;
is as a whole outdated today.’ He viewed economic and social problems,
including world peace and freedom from a global angle.
Prof. Mansura Haider, dean, faculty of social sciences proposed a vote of
thanks with highlighting two gifts of Nehru to Indians’ right to live
gracefully and think intelligently.
DONATION TO THE AMU
His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, chancellor of the
Aligarh Muslim University has graciously donated an amount of Rs fifteen
lakh and fifty two thousand to Aligarh Muslim University.
He has donated Rs ten lakh to provide scholarship to deserving students of
AMU and this scholarship will be awarded in the name of ‘Minhat
Prof. Hasan Jafari
Former AMU pro-VC Prof. Hasan Ali Shah has been nominated a member of the
Rajasthan public services commission. A professor in the department of
political science, Jafari was born in Jaipur. q