31-MAR-2016: Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai, Director, Human Resource Development Centre, Aligarh Muslim University delivered the Graduation Day Address at the New College, Chennai.
The New College, a leading autonomous institution, held its Graduation Day for awarding degrees to more than 500 students. In his address, Professor Kidwai underscored the importance and relevance of the Islamic ethics in building good character. He pointed out that there was a natural bond between the Aligarh Muslim University and the New College as both these institutions represent the amalgam of faith and modernity. Both Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and the Muslim Education Association of Southern India, which founded the New College in 1951, grasped well the concept of knowledge in Islam.
He stressed that Islam does not admit the division of knowledge into the secular and religious. In Islam all knowledge is worth-pursuing, with the proviso that its objective should be to earn Allah's pleasure.
Professor Kidwai gave attention to challenges and opportunities in higher education sector, with a pointed reference to academic excellence, employing ICT, professional development of teachers, innovation in the learning process, employability of students and state of the art infrastructure.
The New College offers M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, apart from post-graduate and graduate courses in management, information technology and architecture.