New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Tuesday, 22nd December, through video conference. He also released a postal stamp commemorating the event, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister recalled Sir Sayyad’s remark that the ‘the first and foremost duty of one who is concerned about his country is to work for the welfare of all people. Irrespective of the caste, creed or religion.’ The Prime Minister stressed that the country is proceeding on a path where every citizen is assured of his or her constitution-given rights, no one should be left behind due to one’s religion and this is the basis of the pledge ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’. Prime Minister Modi gave examples of the Government schemes providing benefits without any discrimination. Bank accounts of over 40 crore poor are opened without any discrimination, he said, adding that more than 2 crore poor were provided houses. More than 8 crore women are receiving gas connections, and about 50 crore people have availed free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh under the Ayushman scheme without any discrimination, he said. “The country’s resources belong to each and every citizen and should benefit all. Our Government is working with this understanding,” said PM Modi.
The PMO statement added that the vision of new India envisages that the development of the nation and society should not be seen from a political angle. Prime Minister Modi asked to be vigilant against misleading propaganda and keep the interest of the nation supreme in one’s heart. Politics can wait but society cannot, and similarly the poor, belonging to whichever section, can not wait, he sait, adding that time cannot be wastes and citizens should work together to create an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. For the attainment of national goals, all differences must be set aside, the Prime Minister added.
PM Modi lauded Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for contribution to society during the Coronavirus pandemic. He added that getting thousands of people to do free tests, building isolation wards, building plasma banks, and contributing a large amount to the PM CARES Fund shows the seriousness of fulfilling obligations to society. He said that today, with such organised efforts, India is successfully combating a global epidemic like Covid-19, keeping the country paramount.
The Prime Minister said that in the last 100 years, AMU has also worked to strengthen India’s relations with many countries of the world. He further said the research done here on Urdu, Arabic, and Persian languages, and research on Islamic literature gives new energy to India’s cultural relations with the entire Islamic world. He said the University has the double responsibility to further enhance the soft power of the university as well as fulfilling the obligation of nation-building.
Prime Minister Modi recalled a time when the drop out rate of Muslim daughters was more than 70 percent due to lack of toilets. He said the Government built separate toilets for school-going girl students in mission mode under the Swachh Bharat Mission, adding that now the school drop-out rate of Muslim daughters has come down to about 30 percent. He lauded the “Bridge courses” being run for school drop-out students by the Aligarh Muslim University. He further stated that the Government is very focused on the education of Muslim daughters and their empowerment. In the last 6 years, nearly one crore Muslim daughters have been given scholarships by the Government, he observed, saying there should be no discrimination on the basis of gender, and everyone should get equal rights, and everyone should receive the benefit of the development of the country.
PM Modi said the country took forward the efforts to build a modern Muslim society by ending the practice of triple talaq. He noted that earlier it was said if a woman is educated then the whole family gets educated. Education brings with it employment and entrepreneurship, the Prime Minister remarked, adding that employment and entrepreneurship bring with them economic independence. Empowerment comes from economic independence, he said, and added that an empowered woman contributes equally to every decision, at every level, as much as anyone else.
The Prime Minister said AMU has attracted many from its contemporary curriculum in higher education. He said the new National Education Policy has interdisciplinary subjects similar to one already taught at the University. He said the youth of the country are committed to advancing the country with the call of ‘Nation First’. This aspiration of India’s youth has been given priority in the new National Education Policy, he said, adding that the multiple entries and exit points in the Policy will make it easier for students to make decisions regarding their education. This will also give students the freedom to make their decision without worrying about the fees of the entire course, according to the PMO statement.
PM Modi said the Government is also working to increase the number of enrollments and increase seats in higher education. Whether education is online or offline, he said the Government is working to ensure that it reaches everyone and changes everyone’s life. He urged the 100 hostels of AMU to perform an extracurricular task on this occasion of 100 years, in line with the 75th anniversary of India’s freedom, to research the lesser-known freedom fighters.
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