23-OCT-2016: A veteran of the Kumaon Regiment and a decorated army officer, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University was honoured yesterday evening with the Sir Syed National Award â?? 2016 by Mahfil-e-Sanam, NGO, in a glittering function held at Aiwan-e-Ghalib, New Delhi. Brigadier Ali was honoured with this award as 'Life Time Achievement Award' for promotion of excellence in education by Mr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.
Noted journalist, scholar and author, Mr Kuldeep Nayar was also conferred with an award on the occasion for his contribution in journalism and peace activism. Mr Nayar, who has also earned accolades for his concern for human rights is one of the senior most journalists in English, Hindi and Urdu journalism in India.
While receiving the 'Life Time Achievement Award', Brigadier Ali expressed gratitude and thanked the jury for conferring him with the prestigious honour. He has dedicated this award to the legacy of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and continuous contribution of teachers, students and the alumni of the university.
He added that AMU is a historical institution, engaged in providing quality education and developing scientific temperament in the masses and in particular, the Muslim Community.
He said that the AMU Alumni, spread over the world and working on important positions are meaningfully contributing in the development of respective countries of their residence. "AMU Alumni have carved a niche for themselves in different walks of life with respectable positions," added Brig Ali.
Brigadier Ali pointed out that AMU has been ranked as the second best Indian University by international and national ranking agencies. Recently, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded 'A Grade' with 3.35 CGPA rating to the Aligarh Muslim University.
Brigadier Ali under the leadership of AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) has been instrumental in implementing various development projects and policies during his tenure as the AMU PRO Vice Chancellor.
Brig Ali highlighted that AMU has been successful in establishing the three centres at Malappuram in Kerala, Murshidabad in Bengal and Kishanganj in Bihar as an ambitious scheme to materialise Sir Syed's dream of propagating quality education in all parts of the country. These centres aim at bringing quality education to the door-steps of the marginalised sections of the society.
He appealed the masses to come forward and join him in contributing and elevating AMU to the number one position amongst Indian Universities.
Dr Shehla Nawab, Chairperson, Mehfil-e- Sanam said that the organisation honours the commitment of Brigadier Ali towards education by bestowing upon him Sir Syed National Award â?? 2016.
Dr Nawab added that Mahfil-e-Sanam honours eminent persons on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan every year. Earlier Maulana Abdul Kareem Parikh, Nekchand Sani, Dr Naresh Trehan, M J Akbar, Gopi Chand Narang and Kamleshwar have been honoured.
Mr Omar Saleem Peerzada, Public Relations Officer, AMU has thanked Mahfil-e-Sanam for recognising the contributions of Brig Ali in an all-round development of Aligarh Muslim University.
On the occasion, Dr Jasim said that Brig Ali has successfully enhanced educational and research activities in AMU after assuming charge and inspired students to acquire Knowledge.