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Saturday March 12, 2011 07:56:34 PM, Special Correspondent

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Aligarh: After successfully fighting for Jamia Millia Islamia's minority character, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid now pitches for the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a demand sought by the Muslims in India since last many years. 


“Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia were both born with the minority character and all the government can do is to recognize, respect and acknowledge it”, he said while delivering Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture 2010-2011 at AMU March 12.


Khurshid delivered the lecture on “Constitution as an Instrument of Change” at the Kennedy Auditorium at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), which was organized by Dr. Ambedkar Chair of Legal Studies and Research, Department of Law on the initiative of Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

"There would not be any need of secularism if there is no minority in India", Khurshid said adding, "India is the only country in the world where there is no reservation for the minorities."


Making a special reference to the Ayodhya verdict, he observed that religious sentiments can be a context and not the basis of any Supreme Court Judgment.

Earlier, while delivering presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that entire nation is a witness to the great history of law education at the Aligarh Muslim University.


He said that AMU has opened two more law schools in West Bengal and Kerala and very soon it would become the largest contributor to the legal education in India.

Dr. Ambedkar Chair was setup in the Faculty of Law in 1991 as part of centenary celebrations of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar to study and conduct research in allocated areas especially human rights, social justice, gender justice, women and law, development of SC, ST, minorities and weaker section of the society.






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