Innovative thinking need of hour: Ansari

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Aligarh, Oct 18 (UNI) Focussing upon the Aligarh Muslim University's contribution to the developing countries, Vice President M Hamid Ansari today said with its vision to bring the fruits of modern education to the Muslims of India, the AMU has given birth to several renowned personalities.

Mr Ansari, who was here for the inauguration of the World Summit of AMU Alumnis, gave maximum emphasis on education, saying ''we should ensure that all children, boys and girls, complete eight years of schooling and after that either proceed to standard X or go for a vocational training.'' He said, there was a need to identify and assist those qualified to enter universities or professional institutions and inculcate in them a spirit of competition. ''Affirmation of identity is a legitimate pursuit; seeking special dispensations will not get us far,'' he underlined.

Exhorting students to draw maximum benefit from the scholarship schemes announced by the government in recent months, Mr Ansari further asked them to seek equity not concessions from the state and draw practical lessons from the success stories of others.

He said ''the AMU came into existence in 1875 with a mission to bring the fruits of modern education to the Muslims of the country.

The mission succeeded to a point, but failed to go go beyond. Our failure was both conceptual and practical. We failed to appreciate that educational advancement cannot be sectional, nor can it be attained in a vacuum divorced from social social change and without changes in level of consciousness about evolving requirements of the world around us, nationally and internationally.'' Mr Ansari called every challenge an opportunity and said the corrective has to commence at the foundation of the societal structure.

Calling upon the AMU Alumnis to focuss upon innovative thinking rather than nostalgia, he said this is the need of the hour and AMU should respond to challenges of the 21st century.

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