"It is always asked by many that whether a second Sir Syed Ahmad
Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, (AMU), can be born
or not, the answer to this question is NO, because nowadays
neither the situation is same nor anyone can feel the situation in
the way as Sir Syed did. Sir Syed felt the situation of those
times and realized that it is only through modern education that
one can save the Muslim community from acute backwardness".
The above views were reportedly expressed by chief guest S.M.A.
Kazmi, former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh & Senior lawyer at
Allahabad High Court, while addressing a national symposium on
"Relevance of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in Post Modern Era".
He also said that in the post modern
era, the teachings of Sir Syed have became even more relevant. He
asked the Aligarh fraternity to imbibe the values of secularism
and dedication which Sir Syed taught.
According to a Press release the national symposium was organised
by Sir Syed Awareness Forum, (SSAF), at MuktaKash Pavilion of
Aligarh Exhibition at Aligarh on February 6 last. The symposium
was presided over by Prof. NAK Durrani, former Media Advisor, AMU.
While inaugurating the symposium Prof. Jamal Ahmad, Director,
Centre for Diabetes & Endocrinology, AMU, said that one should not
think about the outcome of his good deeds as you are working
honestly & selflessly, you are bound to get fruitful results. The
live testimony to this fact is Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, he pointed
Keynote speaker Dr. S. Jawed Akhter, Director Finance, ACN Group
of Institutions, asked the students and old boys of AMU to rise
above the petty interests and dedicate themselves to the cause of
Sir Syed. He said that it is the duty of every Alig to carry
forward the message of Sir Syed.
President of the Forum Dr. Shakeel Samdani said that in today’s
scenario the philosophy of Sir Syed has became even more relevant
and applicable. He said that it is only because of the tireless
efforts of Sir Syed that we are getting quality education
comprising of both “Tarbiyat” & “Taleem”.
He stressed upon the need of
inculcating the concept of “Tarbiyat” (good upbringing) preached
by Sir Syed, as it is only through this, we can achieve the
pinnacle of success along with strengthening our moral Values.
He congratulated the AMU
Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameeruddin Shah for enthusing a sense of
confidence and pride among the students of the university and
maintaining a disciplined environment in the university campus.
Dr. Samdani also asked the audience to pray to the Almighty Allah
for the success of AMU special centres. He said that the proposed
centres should also see the light of the day very soon as it will
lead towards the attainment of Sir Syed’s dreams of spreading
education among the masses and asked them to pray for
strengthening the hands of those who are involved in this noble
cause. At the same time he called upon the students that their
conduct should not hamper the reputation of the university.
Secretary of U.P. Rabita Committee Dr. Obaid Iqbal Asim said that
this symposium on Sir Syed is a unique one and holds historical
importance as this is the only programme dedicated to Sir Syed
which has been organized at the annual Aligarh Exhibition. The
credit for this goes to Dr. Shakeel Samdani because of his
tireless efforts the Aligarh exhibition got it’s first program on
At the same time he urged the
audience to strengthen the hands of Dr. Samdani so that he can
carry on this noble endeavour.
In her inspiring speech Ms Ayesha Samdani said that Sir Syed’s
contribution towards the development of secularism is too large to
be recounted here. He worked hard to bring Muslims and Christians
closer. He also supported large hearted tolerance between Hindus
and Muslims and tried to bridge the gulf between them and this
philosophy of Sir Syed is widely needed in this post modern era.
Speaking on the occasion ADM of Aligarh city D.S. Sachan said that
it is due to the tireless effort of Sir Syed the name of Aligarh
is famous through out the World. He extended full support to Dr.
Samdani and urged him to organize such programmes in future also.
On this occasion Sir Syed Awareness awards 2013 were given to
Prof. Jamal Ahmad (JN Medical College) for his contributions in
Medical sciences; Mohammad Shahid (Alig) for literary works; A.R.
Khan, station superintendent, for Meritorious services and Pradeep
Saxena for his valuable contributions in English Journalism.
In-charge of the programme, Dr. Jarrar Rizvi welcomed the guests
and hoped that the symposium would be instrumental in reviving the
“Aligarh Tahreek” in this post modern era. Joint convener Mansoor
Ilahi proposed vote of thanks and senior member of the forum Ms
Afrin Bano Khan highlighted the objectives of the forum.
The symposium was also addressed by Tousif Alam, vice-president,
AMUSU; ACM II Rana, SP youth leader Sufiyan Rehman; Rubina Khanam
and Sara Samdani.