16-OCT-2016: The two-day Alumni Meet-2016 today concluded with the 'Valedictory Function' at the Aligarh Muslim University's Kennedy Hall Auditorium. The Meet was organized by the Alumni Affairs Committee, AMU.
While presiding over the Function, the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) thanked the alumni for participating in the Meet. He assured that AMU will soon have a directory of Alumni spread all over the world.
He added that the University is thankful to the Alumni to have shared with us their three Ts - Time, Talent and Treasure.
Gen Shah also announced that the Chief Guest of Alumni Meet- 2016 Inaugural Function, Mr Rizwan Ahmad, Chairman and Managing Director, Oren Hydrocarbons, Chennai has committed to donate an amount of Rs 30 to 40 crores. He added, "we will build boarding houses and dormitories of AMU schools with the money."
Mr Manzoor Ghauri from USA donated Rs 60 lakhs for the renovation of the University Jama Masjid and Dr Shaheen Usmani from the Brooklyn College, USA donated US Dollars 25000 for construction of schools.
The Vice Chancellor further said that most of targets have been achieved and soon AMU will reach the number one spot in the Indian Universities rankings. "I also want to assure our Alumni, who have been donating generously that all the money is being used in the right and appropriate manner for the development of the University.
Talking on the AMU Minority Character issue, Gen Shah said that it is a matter of life and death for the University and we will strive hard to restore it.
During his address, the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali urged the visiting Alumni to stay for the Sir Syed Day on October 17, 2016. He further said that since the two-day Meet has now concluded, the University likes to request the Alumni to visit again for more interactions with the students and AMU community.
The Pro Vice Chancellor further said that he is proud to see the turnout of students for meeting the Alumni on this occasion.
"We have been looking forward for this Meet to let our Alumni have first-hand information on the developments in the university in the last few years," said Brig Ali.
The Chief Guest of today's Valedictory Function, USA based Engineer, Mr Faisal Saleem recalled a 2012 meeting with Gen Shah in US, in which Gen Shah said that I have not lost any battle and I will change things in AMU. "After attending this Meet and visiting various areas in the varsity campus, I have realized that Gen Shah meant what he said as the development work in AMU has been par excellence," said Mr Saleem.
He added that I graduated in Civil Engineering from AMU, but I left with two degrees. "I carried a Bachelors in Science (Civil Engineering) degree and a bonus degree of being an Alig," said Mr Saleem.
He informed that the various Alumni associations in the US have merged to form a Federation to work for AMU's over-seas image building.
Mr Saleem urged students to work in teams as this century belongs to team work just as the last century was of individual achievements. Quoting J F Kennedy, 'think not, what your country can do for you, think what you can do for your country', Mr Saleem paraphrased the quote as 'think not what your University can do for you, think what you can do for your university' to the students attending the function.
Former AMU Vice Chancellor, Dr Mahmoodur Rahman, who was present on the occasion, said that he discussed the AMU Minority Character issue with Gen Shah on a Delhi visit. "Gen Shah had asked for my blessings in AMU's fight for Minority Character and assured him that I am with him and the AMU community on the issue," said Dr Rahman.
Dr Rahman added that he is pleased to see the developments in AMU and he believes that under the present administration, things will further improve.
Guest of Honour, Mr Zartab Haider Jafri, engineer associated with renewable energy said that AMU lives in hearts of not only Muslims but all other minorities and under-privileged sections, who can easily afford to send their wards to AMU for attending University education. He added that AMU is a centre, where you can learn the values of life and progress.
US based, Dr Ashraf Khan said that he this Alumni Meet will leave him with memories to cherish for life and he would like to visit AMU again and again on such occasions.
Dr Nadeem Tarin, Mr Ameer Ahmad, Hasan Kamal, Dr Shaheen Usmani, Madam Marry Debbie and Dr Masood Akhtar were felicitated with mementoes for their contribution towards AMU's Development. Meanwhile, AMU Alumni Mr Tanvir Faridi and Mr R Saleem Ali also released their book during the Function.
Professor Suhail Sabir, Chairman, AMU Alumni Affairs Committee delivered the welcome address. Dr Shariq Aqeel conducted the programme, while Professor Samina Khan proposed the vote of thanks.
Related PicturesAMU VC addressing the Concluding Ceremony of Alumni Meet 2016
AMU VC honoring Dr Nadeem Tarin at the Concluding Ceremony of Alumni Meet 2016
guests present at the Concluding Ceremony of Alumni Meet 2016