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AMU alumnus launches website on the life and work of Sir Sayyad A Khan

Saturday, May 01, 2010 04:20:11 PM, Special Correspondence

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Aligarh: Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University launched the website Sir Syed Today ( in the central hall of Maulana Azad Library, AMU.

The website has been designed by Dr. Masarrat Ali, an AMU alumnus from USA.


Dr. Masarrat Ali claimed that this is the first and largest digitization work in India dedicated to any person or institution. The website has more than one lakh ten thousand pages of historical documents related to Sir Syed, MAO College and AMU history.

He said that more than 45,000 pages of Aligarh Institute Gazette and five thousand pages of Tehzibul Akhlaque were digitized. He said that the purpose of this website was to revive the Aligarh Movement. He also presented a set of 103 CDs to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis.
Dr. Masarrat Ali said that this is a humble tribute to the founder of his alma mater, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.

Dr. Masarrat Ali joined AMU in 1971 as Pre-University student and earned a Gold Medal in M. Sc. (Biochemistry) in 1977. He is one of the first Aligarians who had the vision and courage to establish Alpha Diagnostic in 1994, which is now regarded as one of the largest and most successful, world renowned Bio-tech Company of USA. Dr. Ali was bestowed upon the honour of Ronald Reagan Gold Medal by President Bush in 2005. During the same year he was also declared the ‘Businessman of the Year’.

He is the first Indian Muslim who was nominated as an official candidate of Barack Obama’s Democratic Party to run for the House of Representatives elections in Texas (USA).

In his presidential address, the AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that Dr. Masarrat Ali is a distinguished old boy with great passion for doing something extra ordinary for his alma mater and community at large. He is an embodiment of so many abilities, qualities and success in his personal and professional life.

Prof. Azis mentioned that project initiated by Dr. Masarrat Ali has completed and now would be available to entire world. He said that Dr. Masarrat Ali has done a marvelous job for digitizing the entire collection of books, speeches, letters and articles written by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University.

He said AMU wants men of excellence to lead the nation and urged the students to imbibe a new culture and a new sense of inspiration.


Addressing the function as a guest of honour, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar said it is a historic moment for the Aligarh Muslim University to launch a website. He said that the vision and mission of Sir Syed is very relevant today. He said that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis is spreading the message of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan by establishing special centres in different parts of country.

In his welcome address Prof. Shabahat Husain, Librarian-in-charge of Maulana Azad Library said that Dr. Masarrat Ali is also planning to produce a documentary on the life and works of Sir Syed to bring international recognition to the founder of this great seat of learning. He is also planning to establish a Nursing School in India with US affiliation from San Antonio, TX, which has the finest nursing schools in the US.





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