AMU Opens Centre for Interfaith Understanding
Aligarh: To mark the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 2017, Aligarh Muslim University has opened the Centre for Interfaith Understanding, to foster a culture of liberal views and tolerance. The centre was inaugurated on Republic Day at Sir Syed Academy in the university. Addressing the guests, vice-chancellor, Lt Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah said that this was a step in the right direction towards fulfilling Sir Syed’s dream of making the society more tolerant and liberal. “AMU should take the initiative to promote interfaith dialogue. This centre will examine the commonality of all religions to encourage understanding between all major religions,” Shah said.
Delivering a lecture on the need for the inter-faith centre, Masoodul Hasan, former chairman of the department of English, said, “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan believed in having an ethical and pragmatic approach, and one of the main pursuits of his was to bring together distanced communities, respecting tenets of each other’s faiths.”