AMU for revival of Aligarh Movement

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Aligarh Muslim University is going to draw up a national educational plan for Muslims to extract the community from “ignorance” and set it up on the path of intellectual resurgence.

This and much more will be deliberated during a two-day national seminar on “Minority education in India: Issues of access, equity and inclusion” to be held on the AMU campus in Aligarh beginning this Saturday.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will inaugurate the seminar.

“The aim of the seminar is to spread the gospel of education as envisaged by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and to establish a permanent linkage and a mutually fruitful relationship between AMU and the minority educational institutions of the country,” said Vice-Chancellor P. K. Abdul Azis at a press conference here on Wednesday.

“The seminar will also focus on promotion of voluntary efforts at the grassroots level in 90 minority-dominated districts across the country for educational uplift of the Muslims and to formulate a need-based action plan. It will also discuss the Government’s action plan as envisaged in the Prime Minister’s High Level Committee Report on status of higher education among Muslims,” he added.

A number of non-government organisations -- from Aligarh as well as – are expected to take part in the seminar.

AMU is also embarking upon a plan to improve, motivate and offer practical guidance on launching of educational institutions by NGOs in order to meet the objective of enhancing access, equity and inclusion of educationally deprived classes.

Other activities

“The seminar is an exercise for revival of the Aligarh Movement launched by Sir Syed. We will also be focusing on other activities like introduction of modern techniques to madrasas, revamping of Wakf Boards and stress on female education,” said AMU faculty member M. S. Ahmad Samdani, who is the convener of the upcoming seminar.

Over 200 people involved in minority education in the country are expected to take part in the seminar.

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