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History of Aligarh Muslim University

Print edition : May 13, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting a delegation led by Vice Chancellor Lt Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah of Aligarh Muslim University, in New Delhi on March 3. Photo: PTI

The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College. On January 8, 1877, Viceroy Lord Lytton laid its foundation stone.

Zakir Hussain, who served as Vice Chancellor of AMU and rose to be President of India. He made a pronouncement in the Rajya Sabha on September 26, 1951, regarding the university. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Smriti Irani, Union HRD Minister. Photo: PTI

Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala. Photo: K. Pichumani

Nirad C. Chaudhuri, the detractor-turned-admirer of AMU. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

In the battle to retain its minority character, AMU was denied even elementary justice in 1965, and it is the same in 2016. There is time still for the Modi government to reverse its stand before the Supreme Court.
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