11-AUG-2018: Literary programme to create awareness on the vision Sir Syed held in AMU
Aligarh, August 11: The Organising Committee of the Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations today conducted a literary programme to create awareness on the vision and mission of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan at the University's Women's Polytechnic.
The Chief-Guest, Prof Naima Gulrez (Principal, Women's College) said that Sir Syed recognised that communities cannot progress without education. "Sir Syed deeply devoted himself to the cause of education and believed that widespread education was the only way to enlighten the masses," said Prof Naima.
She added that Sir Syed was a distinguished scholar and a progressive thinker who played a major role in promoting social, scientific, and economic development of common Indians. Prof Naima thanked Prof Shakeel Ahmad Samdani for making teachings of Sir Syed reach all corners of the country.
The Guest of Honour, Dr Mohammad Shahid pointed out that Sir Syed was a historian, architect, social reformer, pragmatist and one of the most influential people of his time. "Sir Syed strived against fanaticism, ignorance, narrow mindedness and bigotry and laid emphasis on scientific thinking," said Dr Shahid.
The Programme Coordinator, Prof Shakeel Ahmad Samdani emphasised that it is a matter of great satisfaction that AMU has consistently adhered to the vision of its founder and does not discriminate students on the basis of their backgrounds.
"The University is known for its diversity and academic accomplishments. The process of admitting students is based on strict merit," said Prof Samdani adding that AMU is one of the prestigious Indian educational institutions with the best manifestation of our Country's multiculturalism and secularism. He pointed out that AMU is ranked as one of the best Indian Universities in the national and international rankings.
Dr Moibul Haque from the Department of Political Science said that Sir Syed's concept of nation was inextricably woven with secular ideals and he believed that education will make Indians psychologically strong.
He added that Sir Syed was an ardent reformer, who was anxious to bring new education to masses. "Sir Syed repeatedly emphasized that religious differences should have no political and national significance," said Dr Haque pointing out that Sir Syed foresaw the imperative need to acquire proficiency in the English language and modern sciences to maintain social and political identity.
During the presidential address, Dr Salma Shaheen said that AMU students should take inspirations from Sir Syed's teachings and strive for the best in higher education.
Dr Sheeba Kamal conducted the programme, while Dr Tariq Ahmad proposed the vote of thanks.
Women's Polytechnic students Nimra Ahmad, Tayyaba Fatin and Zareen Fatima also spoke on the occasion, while Fauzia Fatima, Razia Chaudhary, Abdullah Samdani and Nijendra Kumar helped organising the programme.
Meanwhile, winners of the elocution and essay writing competitions received prizes from the guests.
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