26-OCT-2017: Sir Syed remembered on his bicentenary
ALIGARH October 24: Addressing a seminar on "Sir Syed's Vision and Mission", Professor Emeritus Farhatullah Khan urged the Aligarh Muslim University fraternity to work for converting Sir Syed's dreams into reality instead of writing books or organizing seminars on his life and contributions.
Speaking in the seminar organized at the Ross Masood Hall as part of Sir Syed bicentenary celebrations, Prof Khan said that Sir Syed's biggest contribution is that he helped generations to stand up on their feet with educational empowerment and this is how AMU alumni were able to spread the light of knowledge not only in India but all over the world.
In his address, the chief guest, Professor Shafey Kidwai, Department of Mass Communication said that Sir Syed was an ardent advocate of gender equality and his interest paved the way for female education in this institution from the very beginning.
Prof Kidwai said that Sir Syed gave much importance to India's pride and introduced several bills to this effect. He did not believe in negative arguments and empty slogans, rather preached for academic work in response to a writing, added Prof Kidwai. He appreciated Prof
Prof R L Shukla of Department of Hindi said that Sir Syed's was a multi-dimensional personality and he learnt a lot from his mother who helped him in character building and cultural and moral training.
Prof Sakeel Samdani, Programme Coordinator, argued that Sir Syed strongly rejected communal politics and stood for pluralistic affinity in the country. He never succumbed to material luring and went ahead with his educational mission despite opposition from even a section of Muslim clergy.
The Provost of the Hall, Engineer Nafees Ahmad urged the students to learn lessons from Sir Syedâ??s life and make best use of their time.
Mohsin Shamsi and Abdullah Samdani conducted the programme while Pervez Alam proposed a vote of thanks.
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