Aligarh: PM Narendra Modi addressed students and faculty via videoconferencing on the occasion of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) celebrating 100 years today.

During the event, PM Narendra Modi released postal stamps as part of centenary celebrations of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Chancellor of the University Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank were also present on the occasion.

This is the first time in five decades that a prime minister has attended an AMU event as the chief guest.

Addressing the AMU during the university's centenary celebrations, PM Narendra Modi said, “The way AMU helped society even during this crisis of Corona is unprecedented. Free tests for thousands, building isolation wards and plasma banks and contributing a large amount to the PM Care Fund shows AMU's seriousness in fulfilling their obligations to the society."

“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,” the PM added.

“The 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.”

"AMU alumni represent the rich heritage and the culture of India wherever they go. 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."

He further said, “The plans that the country is making today are reaching every section without distinction of religion.” "India has opened bank accounts of over 40 crore poor people without any discrimination. Without discrimination, more than 2 crore people were provided pucca houses. More than 8 crore women received cooking gas," he 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 rest assured about their constitutional rights and their future.”

“School drop out rate among Muslim girls was more than 70% and this situation persisted for 70 years. In these circumstances, Government started the Swachh Bharat Mission, built toilets in villages and toilets for school-going girls. Now this rate has fallen to nearly 30%.”