15-NOV-2017: National Education Day Observed
ALIGARH November 15: Department of Education, Aligarh Muslim University observed the National Education Day to mark the 129th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.
Noted scholar and former Chairman, Department of Political Science, Prof Shan Mohammad delivered a special lecture on this occasion. Highlighting Maulana Azad?s contributions to educational planning while being in central position in propounding an educational framework of India, Prof. Mohammad said that he was highly sensitive and responsive towards the demands of modern age. Emphasising the need for Hindu-Muslim unity, he remarked that Azad was one of the ardent advocates of social and cultural affinity in India.
Prof Mohammad said that Maulana Azad, as a Muslim scholar and a prominent leader, stood for the cause of Hindu-Muslim unity and vehemently opposed the partition of Indian subcontinent. He advocated for a secular India and made strong pleas for this idea to be incorporated in the constitution, along with religious freedom and equality for all Indians.
In his presidential remarks, Prof Shamim Ahmad Ansari, Dean, Faculty of Social Science lauded the literary excellence and outstanding contributions of Maulana Azad in laying down the educational foundation of Indian democratic society. He urged the students to adopt a cautious attitude to fulfil Maulana Azad?s dreams of making Indian society prosperous through educational means.
Welcoming the guests, Prof Nasrin, Chairman of the Department of Education, highlighted various aspects of Maulana Azad's seminal contributions in building of a modern India, particularly in the field of education, science and culture.
Prof Shan Mohammad gave away certificates to the winners of various competitive events organized on this occasion.
Dr Shazia Mansoori conducted the programme while Prof Gunjan Dubey proposed a vote of thanks.
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