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AMU holds its 62nd Annual Convocation

Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University on 16 October held its 62nd Annual Convocation. While, more than 4,000 degrees were awarded, around 240 gold medals were given to meritorious students.

Director General of the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and Secretary General of Federation of Universities of Islamic World, Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri participated in the function. He called upon the Muslim youth in India and all over the world to come forward and project the true, humanitarian and inclusive image of Islam to the rest of the world.

Delivering the Convocation Address at the Convocation, Altwaijri said that in today's world, which is threatened by the divisive forces of "terrorism and senseless violence," it has become incumbent on Muslim youth to reaffirm the image of Islam as a "religion of peace and mercy… Islam teaches us to be thoughtful, considerate and open-minded to humanity at large. It is imperative that we now present the true face of Islam before the world instead of a distorted one". He pointed out that a feeling of false superiority and self-righteousness would not allow any society to progress in today's world.

Altwaijri said that progress in today's world can only take place in an atmosphere of inclusiveness. He lauded the AMU for launching a Bridge Course for graduates of religious madrasas for providing a link between traditional Islamic schools and modern education. This step of the AMU, he said, would not only improve the skills of madrasa students by opening the doors of modern education to them, but would also help them in playing a more meaningful role for the general benefit of the community. He said that this was a forward looking initiative in helping society in the "broadest sense of the word".

Earlier, delivering the University's Annual Report, AMU Vice Chancellor,  Zameer Uddin Shah said that the Madrasa Bridge Course was a "unique initiative which will go a long way making madrasa students stakeholders in nation-building". He said that the AMU was fully aware not only of its responsibility in raising academic standards but also in fulfilling its social responsibilities to the country as a whole.

Shah said that the AMU reiterates its commitment to nation-building and the ideals of its founder, Syed Ahmad Khan. He said that our minority character is very dear to us and that is why we are critically examining the government's proposal for a common act and a common entrance test for all central universities.

While talking about boosting research facilities, the Vice Chancellor stated that an Innovation Council has been established which will award two outstanding researchers of an academic year with a prize of Rs one lakh each. He further stated that during the 'Sir Syed Innovation Festival' at least two prizes for a University student and a University School student of Rs 50, 000 and Rs 25, 000 respectively will be handed over for best innovations by students.

The Vice Chancellor laid emphasis on vocational training by stating that the Community College's Nodal Office is been established with a UGC grant of Rs 185 lakh to start bachelor courses in vocational subjects under the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF).

Talking about the social responsibility, the Vice Chancellor said that AMU dispatched a relief team of doctors and paramedical staff soon after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was hit a devastating flood. Shah also said that the University students even decided to forego Sir Syed Day Dinner to send relief to the flood victims. The University employees have donated on day's salary for J&K flood victims.

On this occasion, honorary doctorates were offered to Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil Parambath and Mr. Nadeem A. Tarin.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2014 on page no. 13

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