17th October was quite a different day
at Aligarh Muslim University when hundreds of its alumni and
prominent personalities from within the country as well as abroad
gathered to celebrate the
anniversary of its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Paying tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan,
the Union Energy Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said: “Sir Syed was
fully committed to the well-being of his countrymen and for him,
caste, creed and religion had no meaning. If Sir Syed’s ideals of
large hearted tolerance and peaceful co-existence are adopted,
regional differences will disappear.”
Dr. Farooq Abdullah who was invited as
chief guest asked AMU students to concentrate on achieving
excellence in every walk of life and they should work towards
shaping the destiny of India.
On the occasion, AMU Chancellor and
former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice A. M. Ahmadi awarded
the Sir Syed Ahmad Khan International Award-2009 to eminent
scientists and researchers and AMU alumni, Prof. Syed Zahoor Qasim
and Prof. Obaid Siddiqi for their remarkable contributions in Marine
Biology and Molecular Biology respectively.
The winners of the All India Essay
Writing Competition on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan were also given prizes by
the AMU Pro-chancellor Nawab Rahmatullah Khan Sherwani.
Speaking on the event, the Vice
Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said
that the University is on resurgent track. He said that the
University has been given Rs. 185 crore for various development
initiatives during the 11th Plan.
He also announced that AMU is soon to
start a residential Civil Services coaching centre at a cost of Rs.
He informed that the Aligarh Muslim
University has the 8th Rank among the Indian universities in terms
of research publications. The Government of India has sanctioned an
amount of Rs. 9 crore for the promotion of advanced research in the
He said that the AMU Controller of
Examination is working on the possibility of making online
submission of admission forms, online counseling, online admissions,
online internal assessment and online University examinations.
The whole day was scheduled to organize different kinds of programs
at several halls of the AMU. Apart from the alumni from all over the
world the programs were attended by the diplomats of Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and Libya.