Modelled on the University of Cambridge, AMU was among the first institutions of higher learning set up during the British Raj. Originally it was Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which was founded by a great Muslim social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
The University has a campus spread over 467.6 hectares of land.
Aligarh Muslim University is a residential academic institution offering more than 280 Courses in traditional and modern branches of Education.
Currently the University has almost thirty thousand students, and over two thousand faculty members with over eighty departments of study. It continues to function as a premiere educational institution in India, and draws students from a number of countries, especially countries in Africa, West Asia and South East Asia.

Majaz Lakhnawi was a romantic revolutionary poet of who composed the famous anthem (tarana) of Aligarh Muslim University.
When Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru visited Aligarh Muslim University, he enquired the students and authorities about their college song or something like it. Having got no concrete answer, he expressed his surprise by saying, “It is very strange that a prestigious university as AMU doesn’t have its own college song. ” These remarks put a student to unrest and he spent a restless night on this idea. The very next morning, he was ready with a masterpiece which went on to be reckoned as AMU Tarana after being sung at the Strachey Hall for the first time. What a tribute from a disciple to his Alma Mater !!! What a face saving act !!! That great student was Majaz Lakhnawi – the poet. The urdu is impeccable but when sung in chorus with all the vigour, it can move mountains and create waves in the most placid lakes.
This video on AMU Tarana is Directed by Ghulam Jeelani and Asad Waseem.And Edited by me. This video Won Best Video Album in Film Saaz 09.