Aligarh : Awareness and sensitisation programmes to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in public life on the theme, ‘Independent India @ 75: Self Reliance with Integrity’ marked the Vigilance Awareness Week at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
At the Department of Education; faculty members, students and non-teaching staff vowed to be honest and transparent in their day-to-day life and work diligently to end corruption at various levels in a pledge administered by Prof Nasrin, Chairperson, Department of Education.
In an online programme, Prof Nasrin cautioned all concerned that corruption had emerged as the gravest danger, which, if not curbed, would hinder the progress and prosperity, besides maligning the image of educational institutions.
“All institutional practices should be based on accountability and fairness. Contrary to earlier trends when people were not aware of procedures and functions of various departments, everything has become transparent, with accountability of designated officials fixed regarding completion of a certain job within the stipulated period. Only precondition of fighting against corruption is that people should be determined to get their works done fairly”, she added.
Dr Mohammad Hanif Ahmad gave a brief summary of the various activities planned for the week long observations.
Students participated in various online activities such as a slogan-writing event on ‘Zero Tolerance against Corruption’, poster-making competition on ‘Fight against Corruption’ and speech contest on ‘Rights and Duties of the Individual in Curbing Corruption’.
In the valedictory session, AMU alumnus, Colonel Tahir Mustafa said, “Adherence to rules and laws in the conduct of institutional activities should be maintained for higher standards of integrity”.
Prof Nasrin extended the vote of thanks.
Dr Razia B, Dr Mohammad Hanif and Dr Noora Abdul Khader conducted the programme.
At the Saiyyid Hamid Senior Secondary School-Boys, Dr S M Mustafa (Principal) accentuated the responsibilities of the employees of educational institutions in fulfilling the pledge for exterminating corruption.
Discussing the importance of ethics in the society, Dr Mustafa said that corruption is an impediment in the progress of the country and it is a duty of all responsible citizens to fight against this menace.
He spoke about the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers through which people can report the cases of corruption to the Central Vigilance Commission.
Dr Mustafa also administered the Integrity Pledge to the staff members exhorting them to strive for transparency, honesty and fairness.
Mr Bachchan Ali Khan (Programme Coordinator) called upon all stake holders to spread awareness against corruption and to ensure integrity in public life.