River Ganga Repository
The river Ganga is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through the nations of India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it merges with the Bay of Bengal. it is the third largest river in the world by discharge and the 34th longest.
The river Ganges is the lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism. It has also been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals located on its banks.
The river Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007. Pollution threatens not only humans, but also more than 140 fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. The Ganga Action Plan, an environmental initiative to clean up the river, has been a major failure thus far due to corruption, lack of technical expertise, poor environmental planning and lack of support from religious authorities.
The Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah has launched the “River Ganga Repository” in the Maulana Azad Library, a Central Library of Aligarh Muslim University, in order to collect and disseminate knowledge on the river Ganga in printed and digital form. It was launched by Hob’ble Vice-Chancellor on May 17, 2016.
The aim of the ‘River Ganga Repository’ is to collect, organize and make accessible to the world the literature and other information pertaining to the river Ganga which may be utilized in cleaning and rejuvenating the river Ganga. AMU has already gathered a number of books, reports, dissertations and theses which are now part of the repository.
Aligarh Muslim University has already implemented projects on river Ganga and a number of other activities in the form projects and researches are undergoing in the University. AMU is now wishes and determined to give impetus to this important mission of restoring India’s pristine river to its former glory.
The Vice-Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Udding Shah (Retd.) is the Patron, while Padma Shree Prof. Sachchidanand Sahay is the advisor and Dr. Nabi Hasan, University Librarian is the coordinator of this project.