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Aligarh: The installation function of the office bearers of the newly elected Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) was organized here on January 27 in the Kennedy Auditorium. The programme was presided over by the Vice Chancellor who is also the Patron of the Students’ Union, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis. A heightened level of  delight was evident among the student community and the programme was a grand success with thunderous  applauses made after and during every speech delivered by the office bearers as well as other candidates  who contested the polls.

The newly elected President, Mr. Abu Affan Farooquee, Vice President, Syed Umar Ahmad Qadri and Honorary  Secretary, Mr. Amir Qutub thanked the students for electing them and promised that they would work for the  development and progress of the University while following the golden traditions of AMU Students’ Union.

President of AMUSU, Mr. Abu  Affan Farooquee said that the University came into existence after great hardships faced by Sir Syed Ahmad  Khan and it is our responsibility to preserve its honour. He said that the Students’ Union would not allow  anyone to damage the prestige and the glorious image of the University.

He urged the students to keep up with the rules and regulations of the institution and nobody should be allowed  to go against the rules. He vowed that the Students’ Union will protest if anyone takes the law in his or her  hand.

Mr. Farooquee said that efforts will be made at all  levels to restore the minority status of the University. He said that the Union will take the issue to the  Parliament for a specific law to restore the minority status, if needed.

The newly elected President demanded that Wi-Fi services be made available to the students, admission form  fees be reduced to make them more affordable, an emergency service be started at Tibbiya College Hospital, girl  students be provided buses for easy conveyance and girls be given representation in Women’s Cell. He also  urged the University administration to establish a Central Placement Cell for providing better employment  avenues to the students and the timely payment of scholarships to the research scholars.

The Vice President of the Union, Mr. Syed Umar Ahmad Qadri assured the students of representing their  sentiments and carrying forward their will and wishes. He said that we should respect the great sacrifices of  the students who carried an agitation and sat on dharna for restoration of the AMU Students’ Union and thanked  them for their great job. He said that we are sorry for the incident of setting of Vice Chancellor’s Lodge  afire in 2007 and demanded an enquiry into the case. He said that the tendency of hall shifting should be  changed and the girl students should be provided with better medical facilities.

Addressing the students, the Honorary Secretary, Mr. Amir Qutub said that AMU students cast their vote for  electing their representatives upholding the democratic values instead of voting for regionalism, casteism or  religion. He said that in the age of globalization, the students should work for the development of their  hidden skills. Classrooms should be equipped with modern facilities and should be transformed into ‘Smart  Classrooms’ and labs should be well-equipped. Mr. Qadri reiterated that we do not hate anybody but the adverse  policies should be changed.

Assuring the newly elected Union of their full cooperation, the defeated candidates for the posts of  President, Vice President and Honorary Secretary said that the students’ interests will be honoured and nobody  will be allowed to sabotage the interest of the students and the prestige of the University.

Addressing the Installation Ceremony, the Patron of the AMU Students’ Union and Aligarh Muslim University Vice  Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis assured that the issues raised by the students leaders will be solved with  the cooperation of the Students’ Union. He said that University is already working as a savior of the  students’ interests and efforts have been started to established a Central Placement Cell and it would be  materialized soon. Prof. Azis said that Information Communication Technology has been given a new boost in the  campus and the students will be provided the Wi-Fi facility free of cost in next few weeks.

The Vice Chancellor said that AMU is one of the most prestigious universities of India and new centres are  being established in different parts of the country for its expansion and development in order to create an  educational revolution among Muslims. While congratulating the newly elected office-bearers of the Students Union, Prof. Azis hoped that they would work for taking forward the prestige of the institution. He said that  the University is like a family and preserving its existence and working for its development is our  collective responsibility. He said that the University administration is committed to the welfare of the students and it  would cooperate fully with the Students’ Union.

As per the AMU traditions after Students’ Union installation, the Vice Chancellor announced suspension of  teaching on January 28.

Dr. Shariq Aqeel highlighted the grand history of AMUSU while conducting the programme and welcomed the office-bearers of the Students’ Union. The newly elected student representatives to AMU Court were also present in  the programme.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 17

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