AMUSU Invites Former Office Bearers
The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) organized a convention of the former office bearers of the Students’ Union on “Importance and Relevance of AMU’s Minority Character” and “the preservation of the great cultural values and traditions of the University”. Several eminent personalities and former office bearers of the Students’ Union attended the programme and highlighted the issues and challenges pertaining to the minority character of the University.
The speakers said that the Aligarh Muslim University has a great historical, cultural and minority character and it is the need of the hour that the students of the University are provided adequate information about the great traditions and cultural values of the University in order to inculcate in them a sense of belongingness and participation.
Rajya Sabha member and former President of AMUSU, Mr. Mohd. Adeeb said that such programmes are greatly needed to make the students aware of the glorious past of this great seat of learning. He said that all sections of the University community have to unite for creating a movement for the minority character of this historical institution and the AMUSU would play an important role in this matter. He appealed to the students to make a concrete plan for the revival of the Aligarh Movement.
Expressing concern for the pending issue of AMU’s minority character, Mr. Z. K. Faizan, former President, AMUSU said that the University community should rise above all differences to form a joint action group to pursue the minority character issue. He said that the Aligarh Muslim University is a unique place with a distinct cultural identity and its students remain linked with it forever. He said that it is not merely a degree awarding centre, rather it seeks to influence the very character orientation of the students transforming them in a typical Aligarian.
Former Union President, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan observed that the University’s minority character has always been on the target but the ill designs of its adversaries have always failed. He demanded reservation for Muslims in the University in line with the Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard. He urged the students not to be carried away by the regional divides and work for the development and preservation of the prestige of the University. He said that the University has produced a large number of distinguished personalities representing different walks of public life.
Dr. Hafiz Azam Beg, former President emphasized the need for constituting a committee of representatives of AMU Students’ Union, AMUSU’s former office bearers and the teachers of the University.
Former office bearers of the Union, Mr. Khalid Masood, Mr. Ayub Shabab, Mr. M. Arshad, Dr. Naseem Asraf, Mr. Shams Shahnawaz, Mr. Farrukh Khan, Syed Mazin Husain Zaidi, Mr. Amir Qutub and Mr. Farooq Quraishi were present on this occasion.
Mr. Syed Sharique Ahmad, President welcoming the guests highlighted the objectives of the programme. He said that the Students’ Union will also organize programmes on other issues. Vice President, Mr. Abdul Qadir Jeelani proposed a vote of thanks. A CD of musical renditions by Johny Foster was also released on this occasion.
Mr. Ayyub Shabab, former Hony. Secretary of AMUSU conducted the programme at Kennedy Hall Auditorium of the University.