AU departments of studies, schools and halls of residence observed various national days

Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University departments of studies, schools and halls of residence observed various national days.

The Department of Arabic held a pledge taking ceremony to mark the Vigilance Awareness Week and National Integration Day. Professor Faizan Ahmad (Chairman, Department of Arabic) administered the pledge to promote ethical practices and foster a culture of honesty and integrity in the department and to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation.

A public awareness campaign on COVID-19 was also launched at the department with an aim to sensitize faculty members, students and staff regarding the use of face mask and maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene. An online pledge was also conducted to adhere to the measures taken by the state and central government to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, at the Begum Sultan Jahan Hall, the wardens and staff took a pledge to promote unity and integrity of the country and stand guard against all kinds of threat to the internal security of India.

Remembering Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on the occasion, Dr Saira Mehnaz, Provost, said the vision and contribution of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel towards unification of India should be spread by every citizen and they must also ensure internal security of the country.

At Begum Azeezun Nisa Hall, a workshop was organized to mark the vigilance awareness week and to sensitize students and staff towards practicing honesty and maintain personal integrity.

The guest speaker, Mr Omar Saleem Peerzada (Public Relations Officer, AMU) urged the students to uphold the three gospels ? pure morality, large hearted tolerance and free enquiry preached by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He said Sir Syed focused more on character building of students and wanted them to be a model citizen.

Several other speakers, including Ms. Rabab Khan (Department of Law), Ms Rafeeda Siddiqui (Department of Electronics Engineering, ZHCET), Ms Munazza Niyaz (Centre for Distance Education), Dr Hushnud (Department of Physics), Ms Alisha Ibkar (Department of English) and Dr Zarrin Imran (Department of Zoology) spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, welcoming the guest speakers, Professor Subuhi Khan (Provost) said that corruption did not occur at higher levels only; rather it needed to be checked at every level of organization. She said it is not merely the rules and laws that check corruption, but an individual’s own efforts with a clear conscience can help tackle corruption more effectively.