New Delhi (NVI): The country is on the path where no citizen would be left behind because of their religion and everyone would get equal opportunities so that everyone can fulfil their dreams. Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas is the mantra behind it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said.
Addressing the AMU on its centenary celebrations, PM Modi said, “The country is marching forward on the path where every citizen would get the benefits of development happening in the country without any discrimination.”
“The country is on the path where every citizen should be rest assured about their constitutional rights and their future,” he added.
The PM added, “In the last 100 years, AMU has also worked to strengthen India’s relations with many countries of the world. The research done here on Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages, research on Islamic literature, gives new energy to India’s cultural relations with the entire Islamic world.”
During his virtual address, he said the institution represents mini-India and has 100 glorious years of excellence in education.
“People tell me that the AMU campus is like a city in itself. We see a mini India among different departments, dozens of hostels, thousands of teachers and professors. The diversity which we see here is not only the strength of this university but also of the entire nation,” he said.
“History of education attached to AMU buildings is India’s valuable heritage. I often meet AMU alumni during my foreign visits, who very proudly say that they’ve studied from AMU,” he added.
The Prime Minister stated, “In its 100 years of history, AMU has crafted and polished millions of lives, giving them modern and scientific thinking and inspiring them to do something for the society and the nation.”
In addition to this, lauding the contributions of AMU in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the PM said the institution conducted free tests, made isolation wards and created plasma banks.
The PM also hailed the university’s contribution to the PM Cares Fund. “All this shows the seriousness of fulfilling your obligations towards society.”
Focusing on the state of education of Muslim girls, the PM said, “The school dropout rate among Muslim girls was more than 70 per cent and this situation persisted for 70 years. In these circumstances, the government started Swachh Bharat Mission, built toilets in villages and toilets for school-going girls. Now, this (dropout) rate has fallen to nearly 30 per cent.”
During the event, Modi released a postal stamp as part of the centenary celebrations of the University. AMU Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank are also present at the event.
Notably, this is the first time in over five decades that a prime minister attended an AMU event.