Aligarh: “On our Constitution Day, all of us need to remind ourselves of fundamental duties in the true spirit of inquiry and reform,” said Prof Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
He was delivering the online extension lecture on ‘Interface Between Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties’ organised by the Law Society, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as a part of ‘Constitution Day’ observations at the university.
Prof Sinha pointed out that the implementation of fundamental duties lead to an all-encompassing solution to the problems that arise owing to dynamic character of society.
He stressed that scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform are not merely for the privileged, but are aimed for enlightenment of the whole society.
It is the duty of every citizen to contribute to reform society for a better way of life, said Prof Sinha.
Shedding light on environmental concerns and fundamental duties, Prof M Shakeel Ahmed Samdani, Dean, Faculty of Law, stressed that the Constitution imposes one of the fundamental duties to protect and improve the natural environment and it is our duty to improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.
Speaking on the importance of the preamble in Indian Constitution, Prof Samdani emphasised that preamble is the spirit and backbone of the Constitution.
He added: “Each and every word of the preamble is chosen and arranged in a way that by reading, the preamble makes a clear picture of India’s stand towards its citizen. The preamble secures the liberty, equality, justice and promotes unity and integrity among all.”
Prof Samdani also read the preamble of the Constitution.
Prof Mohammad Ashraf delivered the welcome address and Mr Mohammad Nasir extended the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, at the Department of Modern Indian Languages, Prof Kranti Pal (Chairman) read the preamble of the constitution to faculty members, research scholars, students and non-teaching staff to observe the Constitution Day. Dr Taher H Pathan administered the oath.
Faculty members, Prof A Nujum, Prof M A Zargar, Dr Amina Khatun, Dr Tamil Selven and Dr Kasim Khan Pathan spoke on the history of the Constitution and the significance of the preamble.
In the Constitution Day observations at Centre for Distance and Online Education, Prof M Nafees Ahmad Ansari (Director) administered the oath and read the preamble to the faculty members and other staff.
Prof Ansari said that all citizens are bound to uphold the values of the constitution.
The Constitution Day ceremonies were also held at the various halls of residences and university schools. At the Sir Ross Masood Hall, Prof Mujib Ahmad Ansari (Provost) administered the oath and read the preamble.
He spoke on fundamental rights, duties and principles mentioned in the Constitution.
Prof Saira Mehnaz, Provost, Begum Sultan Jahan Hall administered the oath and read the preamble to the hall wardens and residents students. Live screening of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s preamble reading session was also shown.
The Abdullah School observed the Constitution Day with the pledge ceremony and online slogan and essay writing competitions, said Umra Zaheer, Superintendent, Abdullah School.