Aligarh Muslim University
The Aligarh Muslim University is one of the oldest premier Central Universities of India with aunique and rich culture of its own. It owes its existence to the selfless and untiring efforts of the greatvisionary
. Deeply moved by the socio-economic and educational plight of hiscommunity after the First War of Independence of 1857, he was quick to realize that the panacea forthese ills lay in inculcating the spirit of free enquiry and modernism in the community.His exposure to theBritish Universities, particularly those at Oxford and Cambridge, and their public schools, inspired himwith a new vision of a harmonious pattern of culture, combining the best elements in the cultures of theEast with the arts and sciences of the West.
In 1875 he founded a High School at Aligarh, which,within three years, was raised to a College known as
Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College
whichmetamorphosed into Aligarh Muslim University in 1920 through an Act of Parliament.
In tune with the ideals of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan due attention was paid to the education of girls.In 1942 the Muslim Girls’ School was raised to the status of a full-fledged Degree College for Women.Since 1951 it is one of the several institutions maintained by Aligarh Muslim University. Undergraduatewomen students in the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Commerce, Life Sciences, Science andSocial Sciences receive instructions in the Women’s College.The Aligarh Muslim University draws students from all corners of the country as well as foreigncountries, especially Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia. In some courses, seats are reserved forstudents from SAARC and Commonwealth Countries. Hostel accommodation is provided to the studentsand there are extraordinary facilities for co-curricular (cultural,literary) activities and sports.Aligarh is situated in the middle of Doab – the land between the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, at adistance of 130 km Southeast of Delhi on the Delhi-Howrah rail route and the Grand Trunk Road. Thelatitude is 27
54' N and longitude is 78
05' E. The climate is hot and dry in summer and cold and dry inwinter with an intervening rainy season. The University campus is 2 kms away from the Aligarh RailwayStation
FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY AND COURSES OF STUDIES
The University has 12 Faculties viz.
Engineering & Technology
Management Studies & Research
Unani Medicine, each comprising of several Departmentsof Studies.In addition, the University also maintains a number of Colleges, Institutes, Centres and Schools.Notably among them are
Centre of Professional Courses
Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit
Zakir Hussain College of Engineering & Technology
Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College
JawaharlalNehru Medical College
Dr.Ziauddin Ahmad Dental College
Institute of Ophthalmology
Centre forAdvanced Studies in History
Centre for Women Studies
Centre for Nehru Studies
University Women’s Polytechnic
Schools including one for the blind students.Admissions in all the courses are done on the basis of rules framed by the Academic Council foreach course as amended and enforced from time to time.The details of courses of studies and the eligibility requirement for admission to each coursehas been outlined in this Guide.
PART TIME / EVENING COURSES
The University offers a number of job-oriented courses under the supervision of the Centre forProfessional courses. These courses cannot be taken along with any other course. Candidates admittedto these courses are not provided hostel accommodation.
The distinguishing feature of this University is its pre-dominant residential character. Studentsare normally required to live in any one of the Halls of Residence. Only a limited number of students areallowed to live as Non-Resident Students with their parents or bonafide guardians. A Hall of Residence isa cluster of hostels administered by a Provost. The Halls of Residence are the centres of corporate life inthe University. Self-governance of students is encouraged. The Provosts and Wardens seek the