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AMU pays rich tributes to its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Tuesday October 18, 2011 07:01:02 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: The 194th birth anniversary of the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was observed with traditional gaiety and fervor at AMU. The highly indebted nation paid rich tributes to the one of the most-towering personalities of the 19th century India and to mark the occasion, all the residential halls at AMU were decorated with colourful light and convivial dinners were organized at the halls graced by eminent personalities as chief guests from India and abroad.

Addressing an impressive commemorative meeting at the University Athletics Ground, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that the University is making all efforts to scale new heights in research and academics to fulfill the dreams of great visionary, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He said that the very ideals of secularism, universal brotherhood and scientific approach vigorously pursued by Sir Syed are the cardinal principles of the University.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis said that the University, expanding its wings, has established two centres at Murshidabad of West Bengal and Malappuram of Kerala and a new light of knowledge has been lit that will wipe out the miasma of ignorance in these educationally backward areas. He said that efforts are on to open new centres in Bihar and Maharashtra in order to provide opportunities to the deprived and marginalized sections of the society in remote areas to help them catch up with the lost avenues. He said that this expansion is a turning point for the University.

Prof. Azis said that to cope with the challenges of information technology in the new age, the University has laid down a web of computer and internet facilities in all the departments of studies and residential halls and a hub of computer facilities has been installed in the Women’s College. He said that the process of installation of WiMax has been completed and soon the students, teachers and other staff will be able to use the WiMax facility for high speed internet connectivity.

Prof. Azis said that no moment has saddened him more in the last four years than today’s event when the birth anniversary of Sir Syed is being celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the world, it is opposed in the University. The gate of his residence has been blocked to restrict him from participating in the commemorative meeting and he was compelled to get out of his residence from backdoor. A bunch of self-seekers is determined to cause incalculable loss to the University and this is highly regrettable, he added.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis thanked the students, faculty members and the general public who gathered in thousands at the Athletics Ground to participate in the Sir Syed Day commemorative function waiting patiently with extreme discipline for more than three hours.

He expressed his unhappiness and condemned the obstacles created by a group of teachers and suspended students by blocking the roads and the Vice Chancellor’s lodge forcefully. He however said that the public meeting is a reflection of respect and regard the University has for its founder.

AMU Vice Chancellor expressed unhappiness on the non-cooperative attitude of the district police administration towards the Proctor’s team despite several request made for crowd management and traffic control for the smooth passage of Mr. Salman Khursheed to attend the function as chief guest. He said that showing black flags or ‘Not Welcome’ banners to the chief guest is against the great traditions of AMU. The University considers Mr. Salman Khursheed as the ‘Most Welcome’ guest and honours his association with it as his birthplace, which would remain an important emotional bookmark in the story of Mr. Salman Khursheed’s life.

The Vice Chancellor appealed to AMU community to forget minor differences and work for the development of the University and the community.

In his welcome address, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar said that AMU is celebrating the 194th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of this historic institution and the torch bearer of Aligarh Movement. He was not only the first Renaissance Indian Muslim of the 19th century, but was also the architect of modern India.

He said that Sir Syed explored the possibility of modernity for the Muslims and cultivated a modern approach towards ever changing social realities. His vision and mission is highly relevant today in the Indian context.

Prof. Qazi Afzal Husain, Dean, Faculty of Arts made it clear that Sir Syed movement was certainly more than a reformative campaign as Sir Syed propounded a new world view that would eventually empower the Muslims. For him education was the bedrock of ultimate progress. “No reformist of 19th and 20th century could vie with him as he was not mere a founder of an educational institution but was instrumental in shaping the future of new generations. He urged students to live up to the demands of the contemporary world and only then they could be described as the true heir of Sir Syed’s legacy.

Prof. Ali Mohammad Naqvi, Dean, Faculty of Theology highlighted the awe-inspiring attributes of Sir Syed’s personality and said scientific approach, deep rooted human concern, freedom of expression and concern for national duties summed up his personality.

On the occasion, two students expressed their views and termed the University as the fortress of the great Indian culture.

Prof. Ainul Haq Khan, Dean, Students’ Welfare, proposed vote of thanks and Dr. Shakeel Samdai conducted the programme.

Earlier, a Quran Khwani (Quran reading) was organized at the University mosque after Fajr Namaz. AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, Registrar, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel and other staff, teachers, students and retired employees participated in the Quran Khwani in a large number. After Quran Khwani, a floral tribute was also paid at the grave of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.

Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis also inaugurated a three-day exhibition of books and photographs on Sir Syed at the Sir Syed House at 8 am where he spent an important part of his life during 1876-1898. The exhibition was organized jointly by the Maulana Azad Library and Sir Syed Academy. P

Prof. Shan Mohammad, Director, Sir Syed Academy and Prof. Shabahat Husain, Library Incharge, Maulana Azad Library welcomed the guests at Sir Syed House. A large number of visitors came to see the exhibition on Sir Syed.









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