Series Of Events Organised In Mauritius As Part Of Sir Syed’s Bicentenary Celebrations
As part of world-wide Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s Bicentenary Celebrations, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), High Commission of India; Urdu Speaking Union, Mauritius and Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association (AMUAA), Mauritius organised a series of events which included exhibitions of calligraphy paintings and sculptures, a release of ‘Commemorative Day Cover’ by Mauritius Post and a two-day academic conference on the life and works of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC), Mauritius.
Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Minister of Education and Human Resources (Government of Mauritius); Hon. Mr Raouf Bundhun, former Vice President of Mauritius and Shri Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India opened the exhibition in which Mr Adil Karim from AMU displayed his paintings and conducted a workshop.
The special ‘Commemorative Day Cover’ by Mauritius Post was released at the opening of the academic conference with AMUAA’s souvenir that had greetings and good wishes from Prof Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University.
On the occasion, Prof Samina Khan, who headed the AMU delegation said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s vision was not to establish AMU as merely an educational institution to disburse certificates and degrees, but a socio political and cultural movement to empower people through education and enable minorities to be a part of national development.
While addressing a press conference at the programme, Prof Khan said that AMU is a progressive, secular and modern educational institution with value consciousness to contribute towards national integration. She also presented a paper was on “AMU and Women’s Education”.
Meanwhile, Prof Sahabuddin Saqib (Department of Urdu) presented papers on “Sir Syed and Urdu Journalism” and “Sir Syed’s Contribution to Urdu Language”. Prof Saud Ali Khan (Principal, Tibbiya College, AMU) presented a paper on “The Relevance of Unani Medicine in the World”.
Prof Samina Khan, Prof Saud Ali Khan and Prof Sahabuddin Saqib also chaired technical sessions during the academic conference.
AMU researchers Dr Zainab Sarwat and Ms Shehnoor Shan presented papers on “The Role of English in the Implementation of Sir Syed’s Vision” and “Sir Syed, the Muslim Renaissance Man of India”.
Dr Nabi Hassan, Librarian, Maulana Azad Library presented a comprehensive view of contemporary status of AMU.
Dr Shariq Aqil conducted the inaugural session, the cultural programme and also delivered the valedictory address. Mr Johny Foster performed Ghazals and a self-composed song dedicated to Indo-Mauritius friendship.
While delivering the vote of thanks, Prof Samina Khan expressed gratitude to the organizers with special mention of Basheer Hussain Taleb (President, AMUAA), Mr Farook Bauccha (Editor, Souvenir), Shehzad Abdulla Ahmed (President, Urdu Speaking Union, Mauritius), Mr Anis Ahmad. She also thanked Prof Farhatullah Khan and Prof Shakeel Ahmed Samdani for their contributions in the souvenir.