AMU Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti
Aligarh, October 3 (TNA) Mahatma Gandhi’s story resonates across continents and cultures as his method of non-violence inspired many civil rights movements. This was aptly highlighted in the commemorative meeting held at Maulana Azad (MA) Library of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to pay homage to the Father of the Nation on Sunday, his birth anniversary.
“Mahatma Gandhi remains the beacon of hope for the entire humanity in today’s troubled world. Gandhi’s teachings remind us that that we are, capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements, simply through non-violent means and peace that comes out from our will, and our sense of right”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor in his address to AMU teachers, students and staff.
Speaking on the close relationship Mahatma Gandhi shared with AMU, he recalled: “During the freedom movement, Gandhiji visited Aligarh many times. AMU’s Library has letters and photographs adorning his memories. The AMU Students Union gave him the first-lifetime membership. On Mahatma Gandhi’s appeal, students burnt foreign goods and clothes inside the campus”.
The Vice Chancellor added: “Mahatma Gandhi’s life was a perfect reflection of his thoughts and action and as a devout follower of Hinduism, he believed that a respectful study of other’s religion was a sacred duty and it did not reduce reverence for one’s own”.
Speaking on Mahatma Gandhi’s love for the mother tongue and love for all Indian languages, Prof M J Warsi (Chairman , Department of Linguistics) said: “The Father of the Nation spoke very passionately about using ‘mother tongue’ as the compulsory medium of instruction. The Nation Education Policy (NEP) 2020 highlights Gandhian principles”.
“Mahatma Gandhi planted a vital concept to restructure the education system. His ideas were based on his experiments in South Africa, and his experiences at the Ashrams in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad and Sevagram, Wardha. His concept of ‘Nai Talim’, also known as basic education, served as the foundation for many educational methods in India. To bring about social change and to make education accessible to all, he underscored differences between knowledge and employment, teaching and learning”, he added.
Prof Warsi pointed out that Gandhi’s idea of ‘Nai Talim’ basic was to combine work-centred education with locally available technologies that focused on the comprehensive development of the student. He emphasised a link between education and vocational training, and that work should not only be socially useful and productive but also self-sustaining.
“Mahatma Gandhi inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all mankind. He was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideals of bringing peace with non-violence”, said Prof Mohammad Ali Jauhar (Department of Urdu).
He pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi worked for solutions to all problems and gave a new dimension to the world with Ahimsa (non-violence)—an eternal, natural and the highest human value, in theory and practice. His ideas and practices became equally adaptable for people of India and proved out to be the guiding force for people across the globe”, stressed Prof Mohammad Ali Jauhar.
AMU students, Zahra Asad (BSc Final Year Student) and Javed Ashraf (Urdu Research Scholar) also delivered speeches on the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi. Prof Vibha Sharma conducted the programme and Prof Nishat Fatima (University Librarian) extended the vote of thanks. AMU Registrar, Mohammad Imran (IPS) and faculty members from across various departments attended the programme at the M A Library.