AMU Begins two-day Sir Syed Bicentenary AMU Alumni Meet—2017
It was walking down the memory lane for Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni from different parts of the world as they reconnected with their alma mater at the Sir Syed Bicentenary AMU Alumni Meet—2017. The two-day meet began on October 15, 2017 at the university’s Kennedy Auditorium and will conclude with a valedictory function on October 16, 2017.
Presiding over the inaugural function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the AMU was established as the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875 and became a public central university in 1920 with the consistent efforts of its alumni.
He added that it is heartening to see how alumni from the United States of America, European countries, Middle-East, Mauritius and other parts of the world are connecting their successes with their alma mater and contributing in all possible ways.
Prof Mansoor discussed the enormous contribution of alumni through the Aligarh Open University (AOU), an initiative facilitated by the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations (FAAA), North America to share knowledge and professional experiences with current AMU students.
The Vice Chancellor further pointed out that he has established branches of Alumni Affairs Committee in all the departments of various faculties, which are connected with the central body of the Alumni Affairs Committee. “This is helping us to have a proper data base of alumni spread all over the world and to create an alumni directory,” said Prof Mansoor.
He informed that a ‘Sir Syed Endowment Fund’ has also been started in which university employees and the AMU community is contributing generously. “With the fund, awareness on Sir Syed‘s mission will be created. Prof Mansoor also pointed out that with efforts of students and teachers and higher academic standards, AMU has once again been ranked on top positions by national and international ranking agencies.
Prof Tahir Mehmood (Former Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities, Government of India—GOI), who attended the function as the chief guest proudly said that members from four generations of his family including himself have studied at AMU.
He added that his stay of four years in AMU as a student and later as a teacher have been more memorable than the rest of his life and experiences. He urged students to never feel marginalised and to always strive for the best. “AMU has a history of producing the best students to serve the country and the students should keep on living up to the reputation,” said Prof Mehmood.
Prof Mehmood gifted copies of his books, ‘Reminiscing on Law Brains: Bench, Bar and Academia’, ‘Minorities Commission 1978-2015: Minor Role in Major Affairs’, ‘Religion, Law and Society across the Globe’ and other publications authored him to the Vice Chancellor. These books will be kept in the Maulana Azad Library in AMU.
Mr Dawood Bin Uzair (CEO, Blue Star, Dubai, UAE) shared anecdotes from life, experiences and growing up as a second generation Alig (AMU alumnus). “I was born and brought up inside the campus and my father was a professor with the Department of Mathematics in AMU,” said Mr Uzair.
He added that the universities need to address the growing demand of aspiring students and he is glad that AMU is doing that. “I cannot be happier as I am with this visit to AMU as I got to see the renovated buildings and state-of-art facilities,” said Mr Uzair adding that he is short of words in thanking the organisers for inviting him as a guest of honour. Mr Dawood gifted a calligraphy book of religious texts to the Prof Mansoor.
Expressing happiness on being a part of AMU community, Mr Ambarish Kenghe (Senior, Vice President Myntra) said, “it takes a village to grow up a child.” He added that he has attended AMU since his schooling and went on to graduate with the B Tech degree.
“The upbringing AMU gave me took me to greater heights as I was employed by Google and later Myntra,” said Mr Kenghe. He delivered a motivational speech in which he urged students to think big and target bigger goals in life. Mr Kenghe also attended the function as a guest of honour.
Mr Abu Imran (a 2010 batch IAS officer) thanked AMU for making him familiar with Urdu language and poetry. He spoke on Sir Syed’s mission of ardent reform and how he wanted to reconcile modern scientific thought among Indians by rationalistic interpretations and not by attacking basic belief system. Mr Imran said that Sir Syed always believed that religious differences should have no political and national significance.
On the occasion, AMU alumni, Mr Javed Akhtar and Mr Mehroz Ali invited the Vice Chancellor, Prof Mansoor to launch the ‘Alig Connect’, a social network website to link AMU alumni and students spread all over the world. A short video on the social network was also screened during the function.
A souvenir of the meet, edited by Syed Ziaur Rahman (Dept of Pharmacology, J N Medical College) was also released during the inaugural function. The guests received mementoes from the Vice Chancellor and other senior professors.
Prof F S Sheerani conducted the programme, while Prof Suhail Sabir (Chairperson, Alumni Affairs Committee) proposed the vote of thanks.