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Why Andaman students are not admitted to AMU, asks Jama Masjid Committee
Friday November 15, 2013 11:20 PM, News Network

Stating that the link between Andaman Island and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was broken after 1955, the Jama Masjid Committee exuded confidence that this link will be re-established and students from the island will once again get a chance to study at the premium university.

"The link between Andaman and AMU has broken significantly since 1955 and hence the Muslims of island are unable to join medical and engineering courses. Some steps should be taken so that at least one medical student and five engineering students are admitted to the AMU every year", Secretary of the Jama Masjid Committee and retired government officer M.Z. Siddiqui said.

M.Z. Siddiqui was speaking at the reception accorded to President Sir Syed Awareness Forum and senior faculty of Aligarh Muslim University Dr. Shakeel Samdani by Jama Masjid Committee, Aberdeen, Port Blair.

Speaking on the occasion Mohd. Ilyas Khan, Chairman Board of Island Islamic Foundation said that he visited Andaman which was known as Kala Paani about 50 years ago, but the peaceful and healthy environment, greenery, love and affection of the people of Andaman forced him to settle in Port Blair. He said that it was the view of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan that unless Muslims surpass other communities in education they cannot progress in the country.

He questioned why the students of Andaman are not admitted to the AMU and urged Dr. Samdani to convey this message to the university authorities especially Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameeruddin Shah.

Ahmad Mujtaba Siddiqui, Rtd. Principal and author of many books said that although Muslim freedom fighters of 1857 were sent to Andaman to suppress their feeling of freedom and they were the worst sufferers but their names are missing from the list of freedom fighters. The need is to remove this injustice and give proper recognition to the freedom fighters.

Mohd. Jadwet, a leading personality of Andaman drew the attention of the audience and said that there is a need of Girls College and one post graduate college in Port Blair for the girls who don't want to join co-ed colleges.

Presiding over the program, Hamid Ali, President, Andaman and Nicobar waqf board said that the waqf management in island is very good and the people are very cooperative. The waqf board uses the money for the benefit of the community keeping in view the intention of the waqif.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Shakeel Samdani said that the Muslim freedom fighters of the first war of independence were sent to Andaman and Nicobar where they were very harshly treated by the British prison authorities, but it is heartening to note that in spite of being in prison and torture cells these freedom fighter kept the spirit of freedom alive in their hearts. They also did not deter from Islamic principles and never compromised with foreign occupational forces.

Dr Samdnai further said that the Muslims of Andaman should focus on specialised education especially Medical Sciences and Law. He spoke on the importance of legal education in modern era and said that the importance of legal education has increased many folds in the 21st century throughout the world.

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