21-SEP-2017: Aligarh Alumni Association, Washington DC commemorates Bicentennial birth year of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
Aligarh, September21: The Aligarh Alumni Association, Washington DC (AAAWDC) organized a series of events to commemorate bicentennial celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan at the Turkish American Community Centre, Washington DC. AAAWDC is the oldest organization of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni in the USA.
A seminar on 'Peaceful Coexistence in Today's Multicultural Society' was the highlight of celebrations. The event included an exhibition on Sir Syed's portraits and his colleagues, books authored by Sir Syed and Aligarh Movement. A play on Sir Syed's struggle to build the MAO College and a humorous skit 'Daastan hijraton ki' on experiences of current South Asian immigrants in American society were also performed.
AMU alumnus, Dr Frank F Islam (Businessman, Educationalist and philanthropist) addressed the critical need to spend much more effort in spreading market-oriented education among India's minorities and deprived communities to raise standards of living and develop competitive skill.
Addressing the seminar Prof Geoffrey Willette (Dean and Professor of Philosophy, Mercer University, Atlanta) pointed out that a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed between Mercer University and AMU has come out as a successful educational exchange program and both universities are paving way for better understanding and relationship between India and the US.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof Abdelaziz Sachedina, (Department of History, George Mason University, Virginia) delineated on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's books on interfaith dialogues that taught the world respectful coexistence among diverse communities.
The event, supported by American Indian Muslims (AIM), Urdu Academy of Maryland (UAMD) and Montgomery Nawabs among other organisations celebrated educational, cultural and social basics that form the multi-religious, multi-ethnic Indian society. The programme was attended by AMU alumnus and AMU friends from across the United States and Canada.
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Related PicturesDr Abdullah with his wife Dr Sofia and AAA Office bearers
Guest present at the event
Traditional Sir Syed Dinner