Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association UK
Sir Syed Greatest Muslim from Aligargh Muslim University
All the creatures of God have equal rights. No man is entitled to allow one particular race of men to obtain the good things of this world , and to bar the rest from participating in them, and it is the duty of the government to observe this divine law in all its integrity. National progress is the sum total of the individual’s labour, honor, honesty and sympathy. Similarly, national downfall is the cumulative result of the individual’s laziness, dishonour, dishonesty, selfishness and other weaknesses of character. To be a Hindus or a Muslim is a matter of internal faith which has nothing to do with mutual relationship and external conditions. In our opinion just as the differences of religion which exist between the Musalmans and the Hindus ought not to prevent social dealings , mutual affection and love and sympathy between them, so also differences on political questions ought not to prevent social dealings, mutual affection and love and sympathy. Ignorance is the mother of poverty When a nation becomes devoid of arts and learning, it invites poverty. And when poverty comes it brings in its wake thousands of crimes. I want you to dive deep into European literature and science but at the same I expect you to be true to your faith. By the word 'qwam', I mean both Hidus and Muslims. That is the way in which I define the word nation (Qwam). All the inhabitants of India whether Hindus , Muslim or Christians, are by virtue of the fact of their residence one nation …… The time is past when merely on the ground of religion the inhabitants of one country could be regarded as members of two nations. It is the categorical verdict of all the nations and great seers of the world that national progress depends on education and training (of the people). Philosophy will be in our right hand and Natural Science in our left: and the crown of ‘there is no God but Allah’ will adorn our head Remember that the words Hindu and Mahamedan are only meant for religious distinction—otherwise all persons, whether Hindus or Mohammedans, even the Christians who reside in this country, are all in this particular respect belonging to one and the same nation. I assure you that the only thing which can raise you to a high rank is high education. Until our nation can give birth to highly-educated people it will remain degraded; it will be below others, and will not attain such honour as I desire for it ....

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a residential academic institution of International repute modelled on the patterns of Oxford and Cambridge in 1920. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan set up Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College in 1875, which became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. This is a premier Central University with several faculties and maintained institutions and draws students from all corners of the world, especially Africa, West Asia and South East Asia. The University is open to all irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sex. Aligarh is situated at a distance of 130 kilometres, South-East of Delhi on Delhi-Calcutta Railway and Grand Trunk route.

The University currently has about 30,000 students on its rolls, most stay in 16 halls of residences with 73 hostels. It employs about 1400 academic staff, and about 6000 non-teaching staff. On an average, about 500 foreign students come to study at AMU every year. The University has a campus spread over 467.6 hectares of land.

The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association (UK) has been in existence since 1960s. The aims and objectives of the Association are:

  • to promote the welfare and progress of the Alumni in the United Kingdom.
  • to promote and propagate the educational ideals of the Aligarh Muslim University and its founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
  • to render financial assistance to deserving students at Aligarh and elsewhere.
  • to promote and support educational, literary, social and cultural activities.
  • to promote equality, providing equal opportunities to all valuing diversity.

The AMU Alumni Association (UK) has organised cultural and social events and celebrates the Sir Syed Day every year bringing together the Alumni and members of the community from all walks of life and background. The association has contributed and raised funds for educational and charitable causes including natural disasters such as flooding, Tsunami and earthquake.