New Delhi, 22/12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today. This is the first time that in more than five decades, a Prime Minister will participate in the program of AMU. Earlier in 1964, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri addressed the Convocation of AMU. A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said that Modi will address the centenary celebrations of AMU through video conference.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and University Chancellor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin will also participate in this program along with PM Modi. To make this occasion memorable, the Prime Minister will also issue a special postage stamp. Earlier this month, the university announced that President Ramnath Kovind could be the chief guest at the centenary celebrations. According to university sources, the change in chief guest was done at the last minute.
Chancellor is grateful to PM
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the AMU community is grateful to the Prime Minister for attending the centenary celebrations of the university. He said that during this historic year there will be more development of the university, which will help students in the private and public sectors. Professor Mansoor appealed to the university community, staff, members, students, and alumni to actively participate in upcoming events. He said that people should join the Shatabdi celebrations by rising above politics.