Sir Syed Bicentenary Programme Held At AMU Murshidabad Centre
A one-day seminar on "Sir Syed's Contributions in Building-Up Indian Civil Society" was organized by the Aligarh Muslim University Murshidabad Centre at Rabindra Sadan, Berhampore, as part of Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations.
In his address, Chief Guest, Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee, urged people from all hues, including the governmental organizations and AMU alumni, to join hands for the development of AMU’s Murshidabad Centre. He said that the centre has been established to bring about an educational revolution in the region and help local people gain quality education.
Dr. Mukherjee also released a bilingual magazine titled "Sir Syed – An Architect of Modern India" to mark Sir Syed’s bicentenary.
Addressing on the occasion, Prof Shakeel Samdani, congratulated the centre for successfully organizing the bicentenary programme in a remote town. Paying rich tributes to Sir Syed, he said that Sir Syed was a historian, writer, academician, and administrator and used all his abilities to uplift the educational condition of the masses.
Mr. Badaruddoza Khan, Member of Parliament from Murshidabad, said that Sir Syed was ahead of his time. He envisioned an institution which not only played a pivotal role in independence movement but also contributed immensely in nation-building. He said that Sir Syed’s dream for expansion of his educational movement has become a reality with the establishment of AMU centres in different parts of the country. He said that AMU has spread its mandate and is working in the direction of eradication of illiteracy.
Mr. Moinul Hasan, former Member of Parliament, said that it was because of keen interest of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India and the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis that AMU centres came into existence.
Mr. Md Sohrab, former MLA from Jangipur, said that Sir Syed’s contribution in the upliftment of Muslims of India will always be remembered in golden words. He said that the Murshidabad Centre will one day develop into a full-fledged university.
Director of Management Development Institute, Murshidabad (MDIM), Prof. Gurudas Gupta, urged the people to think about the future of coming generations. He said that there could not be a better tribute for Sir Syed than implementing his vision. He urged the students to work hard to make a good career for them and contribute towards materializing Sir Syed’s dreams.
Mr. Ghulam Murtuza, President, AMU Alumni Welfare Association said that Mahatma Gandhi considered Sir Syed as the ‘Prophet of Education'. He said Sir Syed's contributions are highly commendable.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Dr. Badruddoza, Director of the Centre, said that the centre had organized such a large scale programme for the first time. He said that the large scale development of the centre cannot be relied only on government funding, rather people of this area would also have to come forward with supporting hand.
On his occasion, the AMU Alumni Welfare Association felicitated eminent personalities including Mr. Nilendu Sekhar Saha, Chief Officer of Gorabazar; Sahid Khudiram Pathagar (NGO); Dr. Zubair Ahmed, senior scientist associated with Cyclotron Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, Kolkata; Dr. Nimai Chandra Kundu, a noted eye surgeon and AMU alumnus; Dr Abdus Sattar, Associate Professor of Physics at SKM University, Dumka; Mr. Najar Hossain, Head Master at Malda; Mr. Gautam Bhattacharya, a classical music artist and Dr. Badaruddoza, Director, AMU Murshidabad Centre.
A cultural programme was also organized on this occasion in which students of different courses participated in a large number. The official logo of Law Society of Murshidabad Centre was unveiled by the Centre’s director. Mr. Syed Asif Abbas Meerza, a descendant of the Nawab family of Murshidabad, presented a research paper entitled "Murshidabad and Urdu".