Formerly called the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental college (MAO college), the Aligarh Muslim University was considered to be a major centre for learning and research in the 18th and 19th century. This prestigious university which was founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan houses the largest library in the country and offers over 300 educational courses to international and national students.
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The university was initially founded to train Muslims and offer them a better future. Over the years, the focus shifted to offering high quality English education to every student disregard of caste, colour, nationality or creed. The university is considered to be one of the best research institutes in India and is also ranked well within Asia.