Allama-al Insaana Malam Ya- alamMotto (English):
Taught man what he did not know (Qu'ran 96:5)
1877(as MAO ) 1920 (as AMU)Type :
Vice Chancellor :
Prof. Tariq MansoorAcademic Staff :
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Urban 467.6 Hectares (1,155 acres)Affiliation :
Spread over 467.6 hectares in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, Aligarh Muslim University offers more than 300 courses in the traditional and modern branches of education. It draws students from all states in India and from different countries, especially Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia. In some courses, seats are reserved for students from SAARC and Commonwealth Countries. The University is open to all irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender. It ranks 8th among the top 20 research universities in India.
In spite of the establishment of a number of universities and institutions of higher learning all over the country, this University has been maintaining its national and international character as an institution of excellence. It has more than 37327, students, 1,686 teachers and some 5,610 non-teaching staff on its rolls. The University now has 13 faculties comprising 117 teaching departments, 3 academies and 21 centres and institutes. A special feature of the University is its residential character with most of the staff and students residing on the campus. There are 19 halls of residence for students with 80 hostels.
Apart from the conventional Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in Social Sciences, Sciences and Humanities, the University keeps pace with the nation's growth by offering facilities for specialized learning in areas of technical, vocational and interdisciplinary studies. It has the Zakir Hussain of Engineering and Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Dr. Ziauddin Dental College, Institute of Ophthalmology, Food Craft Institute, Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Centre of Advanced Study in History, Department of West Asian Studies, Centre of Wildlife, Centre for South African & Brazilian Studies, Department of Islamic Studies, Academic Staff , Women's College , Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College , Polytechnics separately for boys and girls and Computer Centre etc.
On 24 May 1875, Sir Syed founded the Madarsatul Uloom in Aligarh and patterned the MAO after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he went on a trip to London. His objective was to build a University in line with the British education system but without compromising its Islamic values.
The University has opened three new centres of study outside Aligarh at Murshidabad, West Bengal state, at Mallapurum, Kerala state and at Kishanganj, Bihar State.
The University maintains one primary, seven High schools (including one for the Visually Challenged), and two Senior Secondary schools for boys and girls. The University also offers courses in Indian, Oriental and Western Languages. The medium of instruction in the University is primarily English.
Games and sports have been a distinctive feature of the AMU. The Skating and Riding teams have excelled at the inter-University level. Perhaps this is the only University with a Riding Club.
The General Education centre is the nucleus of most of the extra-curricular activities and caters to the cultural environment. This centre organizes these activities through its various clubs viz., the AMU Literary Club, the Hindustani and western Club, the Literary Club and the Hobbies Workshop etc.
It is proudly Islamic and proudly Indian institution: a living symbol of the composite culture of India and a bulwark of its secular principles.