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AMU alumni pay rich tribute to Sir Syed
By Imran Mojib November 24, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Alumni Forum – UAE paid rich tributes to the university founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan as the group commemorated the bicentenary of his birth at a conference held in Sharjah.

The group organised the conference titled “Empowerment of the weaker section of the Indian society including women, minorities and dalits,” which was in line with the vision and ideologies of the legendry educationist and social reformer of 19th century India.

Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, UAE’s former Minister for Environment & Water, said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great visionary and intellectual who believed that “the first requisite for the progress of a nation is the brotherhood and unity amongst sections of the society.”

In the same vein, Dr. Kindi applauded the tireless efforts of the Father of Nation the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who taught “to treat every person, irrespective of his creed or race, as a special soul.”

Dr. Kindi also reminded the guests how Sheikh Zayed promoted education among women.

Professor Tariq Mansoor, Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and Chief Guest of the event, apprised the guests and alumni about the developments and future plans for the university.

Highlighting the importance of education he underscored the need for paying special attention to the weaker section and invited suggestions on how the university could play a role in educating Muslim women as well as women in other backward communities.

The conference, attended by a large number of AMU alumni and other guests, was also addressed by several other speakers including politicians, journalists, educationists and social scientists visiting from India.

President of the AMU Alumni Forum – UAE Syed Qutubur Rahman said the best way to felicitate and pay tribute to the founder of AMU Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was to initiate a movement in the same spirit in which the great social reformer founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh in 1877 and patterned the college after Oxford and Cambridge universities. Later, the college was transformed into the Aligarh Muslim University.

“Instead of organising the usual Sir Syed Dinner, we decided to mark the occasion by holding a conference for social cause which was perfectly in line with his vision and ideologies,” he said.

Rahman declared the “Empowerment Conference” as movement which will continue as a mission.

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