11-APR-2018: Prof O P Kalra delivers lecture to commemorate Sir Syed?s bicentenary celebrations
Aligarh, April 11: Renowned Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus, Prof O P Kalra (Vice Chancellor, Pt B D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak) discussed contributions of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan as a social reformer, educationist and philosopher and his consistent efforts for the intellectual development of people through modern education during a lecture on ?Sir Syed Ahmad Khan ? Staunch Educationist and Social Reformer? at a special function held at the Lecture Theatre 1, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) to commemorate Sir Syed?s bicentenary celebrations.
He added that with the Aligarh Movement, Sir Syed showed a ray of light to common people and enabled them to restore their lost status after 1857 mutiny in India.
Remembering Sir Syed for his magnanimous contributions, Prof Kalra said that before the establishment of MAO College, Sir Syed worked to educate people in backward areas of Uttar Pradesh.
?Great men such as Pierre Bourdieu, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Allama Iqbal have praised Sir Syed for his works,? he said adding that to this day teachers in AMU and other places in the country follow Sir Syed?s teachings.
?The fact that AMU?s teaching standard is second to none is a testimony to the fact that Sir Syed?s principles are still followed,? said Prof Kalra.
Presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that he shares a special association with Prof Kalra, who was his immediate senior at JNMC. The Vice Chancellor said that to commemorate 200th year of Sir Syed?s birth, let us remember his tireless efforts to impart modern secular education and champion it for the progress and development of common people. ?Let us also remember that Sir Syed?s life was a continuous struggle to break from the old and find ways to create a pathway for the transformation of Indians as a collective community,? he added.
Introducing the guest to students and teachers, Prof S C Sharma (Principal, JNMC and Dean, Faculty of Medicine) said that Prof Kalra is an illustrious alumnus of JNMC MBBS 1972 batch. He added that before becoming the Vice Chancellor of the Pt B D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Prof Kalra served as the Dean, Faculty of Medicine in Delhi University and Principal, UCMS, New Delhi. He further said that Prof Kalra is a recipient of national and international awards which includes the prestigious, Dr B C Roy Award, the highest Indian award in medical category.
Prof Syed Ziaur Rahman (Coordinator, Sir Syed Bicentenary Programme, Faculty of Medicine) thanked the speaker and audience. He informed that a series of similar lectures on the mission and thoughts of Sir Syed have been organized in other colleges of the university and outside the campus. He thanked Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor for approving this lecture.
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