Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations Committee Organises Symposium At Sir Ziauddin Hall
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s vision of an ardent reform movement, his avid efforts to reconcile modern scientific thought, eagerness to bring new education to the masses and his laborious efforts to meet the demands of challenging times were the focus areas of the symposium organised by the Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations Committee, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at the varsity’s Sir Ziauddin Hall.
Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Prof Maula Bakhsh from the Department of Urdu said that Sir Syed urged marginalised people to acquire knowledge of science and technology to find solutions for their problems.
He added that Sir Syed believed in implementing his ideas and motivated people to find ways of educating themselves. Prof Bakhsh further said that AMU is a complete training centre for students attending various courses and it is the responsibility of students to carry forward Sir Syed’s mission after they graduate from the university.
The Chief Guest, Prof Nawab Ali Khan (Dean, Faculty of Commerce) pointed out that Sir Syed wished the youth of India to engage in hard work of nation building. He added that Sir Syed championed the cause of modern education to make the under-privileged communities move on the path of progress. Prof Khan also urged students to do analyse their skills and calibre and work hard for a valuable future. “AMU students should make the best use of the resources and time available to them,” said Prof Khan.
During the welcome address, Prof Shakeel Samdani (Programme Coordinator) said that the supreme interest of Syed’s life was education – in its widest sense. “Sir Syed wanted to create a scientific temperament among common Indians and to make the Western knowledge of Science available to them,” said Prof Samdani adding that the students should post messages on ideas and vision of Sir Syed on social media platforms during the bicentenary celebrations.
Prof M Shakir (Dean, Faculty of Science) said that Sir Syed’s illustrious personality had many facets of greatness. “He was - an educationist with a vision; a writer with a sense of mission; a thinker with his eyes set on a bright future for his countrymen; a historian with insights into social dynamics; an activist with a remarkable quality of leadership and a democratic spirit and above all, an altruist, who worked ceaselessly for social reforms, moral rejuvenation and secular values,” said Prof Shakir.
The guests also distributed prizes to resident students of Sir Zaiuddin Hall for winning various competitions. Saquib ul Kalam and Shahbaz Beg won the calligraphy competition, while Tabish Hashmi and Hunain Khalid bagged the prizes of sketch-painting competition. In the essay writing competitions, Imran Khan and Khalid Rasheed won in English essays category, Naeem AKhtar and Shadab Ali won in the Urdu category and Miftah ul Abedeen and Irrshad Khan won in the Hindi category.
Prof Nasir Zameer Qureshi (Provost, Sir Ziauddin Hall) proposed the vote of thanks.