Aligarh Muslim University is one of the premiere educational institutions not only in India but also in whole of Asia. In fact, Aligarh Muslim University is the second largest Muslim University in the world behind the world famous and renowned Al Azhar University in Cairo. The university has been home to students from as many as 60 countries in certain years.
The University was the brainchild of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who felt that
it was important for Muslims to gain a modern education and become
involved in the public life. One Raja Jai Kishan helped him in his
endeavor. The move was initiated to come in terms with the British
decisions to replace the use Persian in the 1830s for Government
employment and as the language of Courts of Law. Sir Syed maintained
that there is a need for the Muslims to acquire proficiency in the
English language and "Western Sciences" to come in terms of
the changing reality.
In 1875, Sir Syed founded the Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College in
Aligarh. His objective was to build a college in tune with the British
education system but without compromising its Islamic values. It was one
of the first purely residential educational institutions set up either
by the Government or the public in India. Over the years it gave rise to
a new educated class of Muslims who were active in the political system
of the British Raj, and who would serve as a catalyst for change among
not only the Muslim population of India, but of the entire subcontinent
In the year 1920, the College was transformed into a university, and it
was named Muslim University. Today AMU is a residential academic
institution offering more than 250 Courses in traditional and modern
branch of Education. Currently the University has almost thirty thousand
students, and over two thousand faculty members with over eighty
departments of study.