Time capsule
Source: dna.com

A Time capsule will be buried at Aligarh Muslim University, recounting the institution’s history during its centenary celebrations in December.

According to AMU spokesperson Shafay Kidwai, the festivities were earlier scheduled to stretch several weeks, for which a number of celebrities from India and abroad were invited. But now, either the date of the function can be pushed or an amended and curtailed program may be held, he said citing to the coronavirus situation, which according to him is still fluid. It relies on how the situation unfolds in upcoming weeks, he said.

A part of the panel authorized for the task, Rahat Abrar, said a paper will be encompassed in the time capsule to be made from unique stainless steel. Mr. Abrar said an analogous function was held on January 8, 1877, when the university came into being as Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College. The ceremony was governed by the then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Lytton.

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On that particular day,  a time capsule was concealed at the Strachey Hall complex, Abrar said. Adding that it carried an identical document outlining the history of the landmark events directing to the foundation of the institute.

He said the college journal, dated January 12, 1877, carries every particular detail of the whole ceremony, containing the burial of the time capsule as well.

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Also, AMU has a photograph of the ceremony. Abrar added that the AMU initially commenced on September 9, 1920. When a bill was upheld in the Imperial Legislative Assembly. The official function inaugurating the university was done on December 17, 1920. Meanwhile, university spokesperson Mr Kidwai said firstly the idea behind holding the celebrations on a big scale was to showcase the AMU’s stellar role in the building modern India. He said the AMU community dabbled had a major role in India’s freedom movement and it is imperative that historic evidence is placed before the country.

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