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AMU confers honorary D. Litt. on Qureshi, Yusuffali

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Aligarh: During its 61st Annual Convocation, AMU conferred honorary D.Litts on two distinguished sons of India, Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshi and NRI businessman and philanthropist Yusuffali.

Expressing a deep sense of gratitude, Dr. Qureshi said that it was the “best honour” in his life and the degree added a lustre to his career. Paying rich tributes to Sir Syed, Dr. Qureshi said that he bowed his head to his memory for the services he rendered for the uplift of the Muslim community and bringing them out of darkness. The Muslims of India would have remained confined to the Class III and IV positions in services without his leadership.

The other recipient of honoris causa degree, Mr. Yusuffali M. A., an NRI businessman based in UAE, felt humbled by the award of D. Litt. degree on him. He paid his respects to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and said that he was one of the architects of modern educated India who thought for the future generations. Mr. Ali urged the students to work hard to attain excellence in their higher studies and not consider their parents outdated or illiterate. He said that we should never treat them with contempt or with a business-like attitude. Mr. Ali announced a donation of Rs. 5 crore for the construction of a sports complex for female students in the name of his mother. He had already donated a separate sum of Rs. 5 crore for boys’ sports complex.

Presenting the annual report of the University, AMU Vice Chancellor, Zameer Uddin Shah highlighted the significant points of his Vision Document for the University for  2020. He reiterated his resolve to take the University to number one position among Indian universities by 2017 and secure a rank for it among 200 universities of the world by 2020. Gen. Shah said that the AMU has launched an innovative and historic one-year “bridge course” for madrasa graduates to equip them to qualify in entrance examinations for various courses in AMU. He mentioned that Prof. S. M. Hadi of Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences is the most cited scientist of the University, while several other teachers have also brought laurels to the University by garnering awards and honours received in the country and abroad.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2014 on page no. 13

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