Back to Home PageWelcome Guest! Register | Login | Home | Contact Us | Site Map | Advertise | FAQ | Search
Canadian Desi
    News


        
   Articles   NewsPapers   Top   India   Pakistan   Canada   USA   Diaspora   Sports   Politics   Law & Order   Business   Entertainment   Technology   More

Will help AMU maintain its historical character, assures Sonia








Aligarh, Feb 16 (IANS) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Saturday assured the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) community that she would lend support to the institution to preserve its historical character and its autonomy.

Addressing AMU's 60th annual convocation through tele-conferencing, Gandhi noted that the issue of AMU's minority character was pending in the Supreme Court, but assured her cooperation in maintaining its autonomy.

Regretting her inability to participate in person due to adverse weather conditions, she congratulated the students who were awarded medals and degrees.

Expressing happiness that eminent women progressive writers like Rasheed Jahan and Ismat Chugtai were the products of the institution, Gandhi also expressed appreciation for the secular foundation of "this great seat of learning" and its contribution in nurturing the country's democratic and pluralistic culture.

She said that she had received a memorandum from the students' union and would talk to the government to take appropriate actions to implement the suggestions.

Gandhi also acknowledged the special relationship of Nehru-Gandhi family with AMU, noting India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited AMU five times and was awarded a honorary D. Lit degree while the students' union conferred him with its life membership.

On the occasion, former Indian Hockey captain, Zafar Iqbal was conferred the honorary degree of the D. Lit. He noted that it was for the first time in AMU's history that it has awarded a degree to a sportsperson and called it a good sign for the future of sports in the country. He urged the varsity to include sports in its curricula.

He said he had been a student here and was the varsity's hockey captain in 1982.

Presenting the annual report, Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. (retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that this convocation was a historic one as it was only the second time that a woman had delivered the convocation address. Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal delivered the convocation address in 1925.

Shah said that restoration of minority status was biggest issue for the university and also sought a special grant for hostel accommodation and making the AMU a totally green university.

On this occasion, 223 students were presented medals and about 5,000 students were conferred degrees.

Nawab Ibne Saeed Khan of Chhatari was chief guest in absence of Gandhi.

 
Indo Asian News Service

<< Previous Story <<
DU teachers busy in polls, students with Hazare

 

>> Next Story >>
Quality of higher education in India worrisome: Jamia VC

Your Comments on this News:

Latest News

Russians to get awards over meteorite response
 
Russian party wants fines on use of foreign words
 
Russia, NATO to hold anti-piracy exercise
 
Terrorists strike Dilsukhnagar for second time in 10 years
 
Terror returns to Hyderabad, 12 die in twin blasts
 
Hockey World League: Indian men escape with 3-2 win over Ireland
 
Gang-rape victim's family to get flat
 
IOC vote a wake-up call for hockey: FIH president
 
Chennai is very lucky for me: Bappi Lahiri
 
Economic census begins in Delhi
 

News Categories

India
 
North America
 
South Asia
 
Gulf-Middle East
 
South East Asia
 
South West Asia
 
Asia
 
Europe
 
Australia
 
Caribbeans
 
Africa
 
South America
 
United Nations
 
National
 
Business
 
Sports
 
Technology
 
Culture
 
Diaspora
 
Entertainment
 
Indo-Pak
 
Incidents
 
Law
 
Religion
 
Security
 
Health
 
Lifestyle
 
Media
 
Society
 
Nature
 
Movie Review
 
Movie Snippets
 
Interview
 
Commentary
 
Articles
 
Features
 



 
Web
CanadianDesi
Please Contribute!
Write an Article
Send Community News
Create Photo and Video Albums
Submit Good Pictures
List Useful Websites
Post Jobs
Submit Events
List for FREE!
Businesses
Classifieds
Social Organizations
Religious Places
Employment Agencies
Email Page
Your Email
Friend\'s Email

Advertise Contact Us Privacy Policy and Terms of Usage FAQ
Canadian Desi
© 2001 Marg eSolutions


Site designed, developed and maintained by Marg eSolutions Inc.
//-->