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AMU’s Maulana Azad Library second biggest in Asia

Aligarh: AMU’s Vice Chancellor Prof. P.K. Abdul Aziz said while addressing the Library Committee members on 19 March that with 13.5 lakh books and 2 lakh E-books this University’s Maulana Azad Library is the second biggest library in Asia which is also famous for its archives which has about 16,000 manuscripts, many of which are extremely rare, including a 1400-year old hand written Qur’an by Islam’s fourth Caliph Hazrat Ali, edicts (firmans) issued by Moghul kings Babar, Akbar, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, Shah Alam, Sanskrit Maha Purans, Bhagwad Gita, Mahabharat, Abdul Fazl Faizi’s Leelavati, all in Persian. He expressed these views in the Committee’s meeting convened to consider steps for running the Library in a better and more efficient manner.

Earlier, Library Incharge Prof. Shabahat Husain in his introductory speech said that with the developments in information technology many new changes have taken place in the Library during the past three years such as installation of CCTV, automatic entry door, digital receivers centre, online cataloguing system, international level data base such as web of science, finder, science director etc. He said that smaller libraries of about a hundred different departments of the University and those of Malappuram and Murshidabad centres will also be connected to University’s network amulibnet. He said that in addition to technical changes and improvements, there are some rare objects of historical importance like Aurangzeb’s sword on which a couplet in golden letters in Persian is inscribed which indicates that this sword was presented to him as a gift, a pen stand of sapphire which was presented to the then VC of AMU by the king of Afghanistan in 1933 in manuscripts sections.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 18

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