30-AUG-2016: Professor Shakeel Ahmed Samdani, Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University recently delivered an Extension-Lecture on 'Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Vision and Mission' at the Murshidabad Centre of Aligarh Muslim University.
While delivering the lecture, Prof Samdani pointed out that it was Sir Syed's commitment and sincerity which played a crucial role in the establishment of the Aligarh Muslim University.
He added that Sir Syed was the first Indian educationist to visit England who keenly studied the Oxford and Cambridge universities and tried implementing the model at Aligarh and the Mohammadan Anglo Indian College was based on the models of these universities.
Prof Samdani also pointed out that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the first in India to bring a globalized education.
"After the failure of First War of Independence, Sir Syed did not give up hope but embarked upon a definite mission," said Prof Samdani adding that Sir Syed decided to empower Indians with education to fight back and recover the lost grounds.
"For this Sir Syed executed this task in a manner that bears no example in history by not only devoting himself to this mission but successfully mobilizing a vast majority of Muslims and Hindus alike to realize it," said Prof Samdani.
He added that Sir Syed succeeded in preparing a generation of Indians which not only fought against British in pre-independence days but also participated in nation building in post-independence India.
Elaborating the lesser known aspects of Sir Syed's life, Prof Samdani pointed out that he was instrumental in enactment of Stamp Act, 1882; Registration of Documents and The Kazis Act, 1880, in British India.
Professor Samdani said that establishment of MAO College accelerated the process of education in India and a number of educational institutions were established throughout the country.
Pointing out the courageous nature of Sir Syed, Professor Samdani said that Sir Syed in his book 'Asbab-e-Baghawat-e-Hind' highlighted that one of the big reasons behind the revolt was that Indians were not involved in the administration and judiciary.
"Sir Syed pleaded in his book that it were the wrong policies of the British that led to mutiny," he further said during the lecture. "Since, Sir Syed understood the importance of legal education at a time when nobody gave much importance to it; a Law College was established at MAO College during Sir Syed's life time.
Prof Samdani pointed out that the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) is trying his best to achieve the educational mission of Sir Syed during his tenure.
"The Vice Chancellor and the present AMU administration has been successful in maintaining a peaceful and academic environment in the campus," said Prof Samdani adding that AMU students are bringing laurels to the University in various fields and every year, the all India ranking of the university is going up due to the consistent effort of Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor.
Prof Samdani said that it is heartening to note that the present Vice Chancellor has recognized the need for good schooling of Muslim students and has decided to open Sir Syed Public Schools in every district of Uttar Pradesh to provide quality education. He assured the students that the Vice Chancellor is very much concerned about the Centre and he is trying his best to solve their problems.
Earlier Dr Badaruddoza, Director, AMU Murshidabad Center welcomed Prof Samdani by presenting him a memento.
The lecture was attended by a large number of students and teachers.
Related PicturesProf Shakeel Samdani delivering the lecture at AMU Murshidabad Center