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Consider the following statements:

1. Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was founded at Aligarh by Sayyid Ahmad Khan.

2. Sayyid Ahmad Khan was a great believer in religious toleration, and Hindus, Parsis and Christians had contributed to the funds of his college.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1. 1 only
2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2
4. Neither 1 nor 2

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Both 1 and 2

The correct answer is both 1 and 2.

  • The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College was founded by Sayyid Ahmed Khan in 1875 at Aligarh.
  • Later it became the Aligarh Muslim University.
  • His objective was to build a college in tune with the British education system but without compromising its Islamic values.
  • The institution offered modern education, including Western science, to Muslims. Hence statement 1 is correct.
  • The Aligarh Movement had an enormous impact in the area of educational reforms and contributed greatly to establish the college.
  • Sayyid Ahmad Khan was a great believer in religious toleration.
  • He believed that all religions had a certain underlying unity which could be called practical morality.
  • Hindus, Parsis, and Christians had contributed freely to the funds of his college whose doors were open for all the Indians. Hence statement 2 is correct.

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