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'Restoring AMU minority character will be correcting a mistake done in past'
Sunday September 22, 2013 8:14 PM, News Network

At a National Convention held Sunday at the Kennedy Hall Auditorium by the Sir Syed Minority Foundation of India, an organization of Aligarh Muslim University students, eminent personalities and parliamentarians extended their full supports to the efforst taken for the restoration of minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University.

"It was a historical fact that AMU was established by Muslims for the educational development of Muslims and restoring minority character to the University will be correcting a wrong done erroneously in past", Member of Parliament, Aligarh, Mrs. Rajkumari Chauhan, said while addressing the convention.

She said that she has raised this issue in the parliament and will always be available to fight for this cause.

Delivering the presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah also assured that he will extend full cooperation to organizations working for the restoration of minority character of AMU.

He however stressed the need for working in this direction in a unified manner so that maximum force could be exerted on the government to enact a law ensuring minority status for the university.

He said that a case pertaining to the minority status of AMU is pending before the Supreme Court of India and we should wait until the case is vindicated.

Gen. Shah said that he will ensure that 50% reservation in admissions is granted to Muslims.

He said that the University has decided to grant the fund allocated for the Sir Syed Day celebrations at residential halls, to the riot victims of Muzaffarnagar. The students present in the Kennedy Hall lauded the announcement by the Vice Chancellor with resounding clapping.

Shahid Ali Khan, Minister of Minority Affairs, Government of Bihar, said that Aligarh Muslim University was a great centre of secularism in India despite the fact that it was established by Muslims for Muslims.

He said that India's secularism will be protected and promoted if AMU is given a minority status. It was all the more essential to ensure the educational right of the community in the light of the Justice Sachar Committee recommendations.

Chancellor, NOIDA International University, Arvind Kumar Singh expressed solidarity with the cause and assured his full support to the motion.

Vivek Bansal, MLC and Chairman, said that he is in full support of the cause and will always be there to lead a drive for the restoration of AMU's minority status.

Eminent Journalist and Editor, Urdu daily Azizul Hind, Aziz Burney said that Sir Syed established this institution for the educational and social development of Muslims and minority status is the fundamental right of the AMU.

He said he will always be available for this cause. He urged all to come up and support the motion.

Kapil Patil, Member Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra, said that he supports the motion and demands the restoration of minority character for the University at the earliest.

Dr. Izhar Ahmad, Chairman, Estimate Committee, JD(U) said that being an old boy of the University he fully supported the motion and was always available to fight for the cause tooth and nail.

President of Human Chairman, an NGO at New Delhi, Mr. Aslam said that he would be available whenever his support is needed to drive a political movement in Delhi for this purpose.

National President, Parcham Party of India, Saleem Peerzada expressed concern for the minority status of the University and assured all support from his side.

He however lambasted the AMU community for its indifference towards the victims of Muzaffarnagar violence.

Tanveer Alam, President, AMU Alumni Association, Maharashtra, said that he would arrange for the submission of a memorandum at every district headquarter of Maharashtra for the restoration of minority status to the Aligarh Muslim University.

Dr. Mohammad Shahid, Member, Executive Council, Syed Qutuburrahman, President, Old Boys' Association, UAE, Mr. Fareed Khan, General Secretary Urdu Markaz, Mumbai, Dr. Maroof Husain, General Secretary, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee and Engineer Ahmad Rais Siddiqui, Editor, Nadia Times also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, welcoming the guests, Shamsur Rahman, President, Sir Syed Minority Foundation of India, called upon the UPA government to restore the minority character to the University and fulfill its election commitment it made in the last Parliamentary elections.

He urged the government to introduce a suitable legislation in the next session of the Parliament to enact or amend laws for this purpose.

[Photo Caption: Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah addressing the convention on Restoration of Minority Chracter at AMU]

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