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Wednesday October 17, 2012 08:17:14 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: “Nations that ignore changes remain backward in every walk of life”, said Mrs. Mohsina Kidwai, former Union Minister and Member, Rajya Sabha while addressing the 195th birth anniversary of the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. She said that the education today had been fully transformed and change was the destiny of the world.


She urged the University to establish separate colleges for providing higher studies in Management Hospitality and Paramedical sectors. She said that the Institute of Nursing in J. N. Medical College should be elevated to the status of a college providing degree courses in nursing studies.

Referring to Sir Syed’s efforts to give a new outlook and understanding in place of traditional and conservative ideas, she exhorted the University community to adopt a rational and scientific thinking that would enable them to bring changes in the society in accordance with the contemporary challenges.

Paying rich tributes to the great social reformer, educationist and statesman, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Mrs. Kidwai said that Sir Syed was not only a Muslim benefactor but he was a boon for the whole country and his services in spreading modern education are unforgettable and unparallel. She said that Sir Syed showed a new path of educational and intellectual development to the nation. He wanted the education that would provide enlightenment and not merely a degree, she added.

Mrs. Kidwai said that every generation has its own liabilities and issues. The previous generation had the responsibility to get the nation rid of slavery of British but the present generation has a multitude of issues that we ought to resolve and pave the way for development for our next generation.

The Chief Guest, recalling her days in Aligarh when she was a student of the University, said that the memories of Aligarh have always been dear to her and she often remembered her teachers who always treated her with great affection and love. She said that whatever she was now, was the charisma of Aligarh. She said that his elder brother too had been a student of this University and the Captain of AMU Riding Club.

Addressing the grand commemorative function held at the Athletics Ground, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that Sir Syed dedicated all his life for the promotion of secularism, universal brotherhood, critical enquiry and scientific temperament and the Aligarh Muslim University stood as a living embodiment of Sir Syed’s mission.

The Vice Chancellor said that although Urdu was our mother tongue, English was the language of daily life earning. He urged the students to achieve excellence in English to attain best opportunities in their career.

He said that the development of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College was his first priority and he was committed to enhance the residential facilities in University hostels by raising the food and hygiene standard. He said that the residential facilities in the University were adequate only for seven thousand students while more than twenty one thousand students were living on the campus.

The Vice Chancellor assured the students that he will always be available to listen to their genuine grievances and their problems would be resolved before they asked for it. He said that the University was meant for the students and their betterment was paramount.

General Shah said that a number of development initiatives have been taken by his administration and remarkable changes will be witnessed in the University in the next five years. He said that the University website has been redesigned and the new website will be launched later today. He appreciated the hard work and dedication of the team of teachers responsible for redesigning of the website.

Earlier, welcoming the guests, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Syed Ahmad Ali said that the celebration was a tribute to the great soul of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He said that the whole Aligarh fraternity should resolve to give their best to make the University, number one university of the country. This will be the real tribute to the founder of the University.

Prof. A. R. Kidwai, Director, UGC Academic Staff College and Prof. Qazi Afzal Husain, Director, Urdu Academy also spoke on the various facets of the personality of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Ms. Saba Parveen of Women’s College represented the students community in expressing opinion about Sir Syed. On this occasion, the chief guest Mrs. Mohsina Kidwai gave away cash prizes and certificates to the winners of All India Essay Writing Competition held on Sir Syed’s vision and the establishment of new centres of AMU.

AMU Registrar, Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad proposed the vote of thanks while the Coordinator of General Education Centre, Dr. F. S. Sheerani conducted the programme.

Earlier in the morning, a Quran reading session (Quran Khwani) was held at the University mosque after the Fajr prayer and a floral tribute was paid at the Mazar of Sir Syed. Later, the Vice Chancellor inaugurated the exhibition of books and photographs of Sir Syed at the Sir Syed Academy organized by it in collaboration with the Maulana Azad Library. The Vice Chancellor, General Shah also inaugurated a grand book fair at the lawns of Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology organized by the National Book Trust of India with the cooperation of Aligarh Muslim University.

An exhibition of books and photographs on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Papa Mian Sheikh Abdullah, the doyen of female education in India, was inaugurated by Her Excellency Mrs. Milena Santana Ramirez, Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to India at the Women’s College Library.

The most eloquent part of the Sir Syed Day celebrations was holding of gala dinners at various residential Halls of the University where several distinguished personalities from different walks of life graced the function as chief guests. The Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor visited different halls of residence to witness the most memorable event, the Sir Syed Dinner.





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