Aligarh Media News Desk, AMU Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor participated in the first India-Indonesia Inter Faith Dialogue from October 3 to 5, 2018 held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia in which he delivered a talk on the role of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Aligarh Movement and AMU in promoting pluralism and tolerance. Highlighting that India and Indonesia stand out as shining examples of unity in diversity, Prof Mansoor elaborated how Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan initiated and promoted inter faith dialogue as a key instrument for bridging communities as seen through their relentless efforts for Hindu-Muslim unity.
He further shared that the Centre for Interfaith Understanding, AMU as an embassy for cross-community interaction, welcomes all avenues of collaboration in this cause to further the best interests of humanity. Prof Mansoor also apprised the audience about present activities of the university and its transnational outreach.
AMU Vice Chancellor attended the India-Indonesia Inter Faith Dialogue as a part of Indian delegation led by Mr M J Akbar (Minister of State for External Affairs). The delegation included Mr Conrad Sangma (Chief Minister of State of Meghalaya), Mr Bibek Debroy (Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Member NITI Ayog), Mr Maulana Mehmood Asad Husain Madni (leading Islamic Scholar), Mr Syed Asif Ibrahim (Special Envoy, National Security Council), Mr Gaddam Dharmendra (Additional Secretary Policy and Planning, Ministry of External Affairs), Mr Pradeep Kumar Rawat (Ambassador of India to Indonesia) and Venerable Dr Dhammapiya Bhante (Buddhist scholar and Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation).
The Indian delegation also visited the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University where it was agreed in principle that a Memorandum-of-Understanding will be signed between AMU and State Islamic University for collaboration in emerging fields of education and research. The Vice Chancellor also met the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Javed Ashraf and exchanged views on various educational matters including technical and medical education, and also invited the High Commissioner to visit AMU.
Mr A M Fachir, Vice Foreign Minister of Indonesia led the Indonesian delegation which included Mr Cecep Herawan (Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy, Indonesia), Dr Abdul Muk’ti (Chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia), Dr Dicky Sofjan (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies), Prof Ketut Widnya (Director General for Hindu Community, Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia), Dr Muhammad Ahnaf Iqbal (Lecturer, Graduate School of Religion and Cross Culture Studies, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta), Dr Siti Syamsyiatun (Director for Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies), Prof Khoiruddin Nasution (Expert on Deradicalization, Islamic State University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta – National Agency for Combating Terrorism-BNPT), Mr Suhadi Cholil (Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, SunanKalijaga State Islamic University)
The dialogue covered themes of ‘The Harmony of Inter-religious Community: Policy and Approach’, ‘Introducing Religious and Cultural Diversity; Managing Religious and Cultural Diversity’, ‘The Role of Religious Figures in Promoting Understanding the Diversity Through Education’, ‘Enhancing Civil Society Involvement in Nurturing Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding’ and ‘Sharing Best Practices on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, Terrorism, Radicalization and Hate Speech.’