KARACHI: The rich tributes were paid to the great visionary and reformer of subcontinent Sir Syed Ahmed Khan at his 197th birth anniversary, observed by Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) and said Khan devoted his entire life for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and Islamic renaissance.
Addressing the ceremony of Sir Syed Day, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, President AMUOBA and Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan initiated Aligarh Movement to improve economic status of the Muslims and to boost their mental capability and academic level.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan wanted Muslims to get command over the scientific knowledge and open their own institutions. “Our objective is to continue with the struggle to further propagate the educational perception set by Sir Syed and in persuasion of his thoughts and ideology we founded Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology and Aligarh Institute of Technology where modern facilities are available with skilled and experienced faculty.”
Usman pointed out that Sir Syed Tower was a great achievement of Aligarians and continuation of the success and accomplishment of Sir Syed’s Mission. However, we require funds to complete the project and definitely need monetary support from the philanthropists for this divine cause.
Highlighting his performance during the tenure of one and half year, Usman said in such a short period, we had laid foundation stone to the great project Sir Syed Tower, started construction of ZA Nizami Block which was in the final stage and introduced four new technologies for which we provided required funds from our won resources because we did not obtain funds from outer sources. “Preparation to start construction work on the 200 acres land at education city is in progress and we will soon start new campus there.”
Speaking on the memorable occasion, Usman said new world, new era, new time once again demanded for taking guidance from the thought and ideology of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
Earlier former federal minister Syed Safwanullah pointed out that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan left so much for the Muslims but what Muslims offered in return to him. Renowned author and critic Professor Sehar Ansari described Sir Syed as a revolutionary personality who thought and struggled for the formation and improvement of the whole era and practically made efforts to achieve the goal.
Famous scholar Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi said Sir Syed’s Risala ‘Tehzeeb ul Akhlaq’ brought revolution in the thoughts of Muslims of the subcontinent. Noted educationist Anwar Ahmed Zai recounted that Sir Syed forced Muslims to learn English but not to adopt their western culture. Aligarian Arif Raza also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion, SSUET students presented the “Tarana-e-Aligarh” which Aligarians sang in unison. In the end General Secretary AMUOBA, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi, presented the vote of thanks.
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