The Sir Syed Bicentenary Celebrations Committee, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organised a symposium on ‘Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Educationist and Social Reformer’ at the Mangalayatan University (MU) in Aligarh.
The chief guest, Brigadier Dr Pradeep Singh Siwach (Vice Chancellor, MU) urged the varsity students to follow Sir Syed’s works and contribute to the society in ways that Sir Syed did.
He added that Sir Syed was born 200 years ago, but he still of a colossal stature for the whole nation and people will continue to get inspiration from Sir Syed’s vision.
Brigadier Siwach said that Sir Syed taught the nation that the first requisite for the progress is brotherhood and unity amongst sections of the society. He added that Sir Syed made people understand the importance of scientific and modern education at a time when these thoughts were unheard off in the society.
“Educational institutes survive with civilizations and as AMU will keep on living with academic excellence eventually making Sir Syed’s legacy immortal,” added Brigadier Siwach.
Prof Shafey Kidwai said that Sir Syed was the most prominent public intellectual of 19th century India. He added that Sir Syed is certainly more than just a founder of AMU as he relentlessly tried to mitigate the sufferings of Indians.
Prof Kidwai added that Sir Syed initiated a perceptive dialogue on all topics that have strong bearing and his unflinching commitment to liberal and democratic values has the potentiality to guide us today.
Prof M Shakeel Samdani (Coordinator, Sir Syed Mission Awareness Programme) said that the supreme interest of Sir Syed’s life was education in its widest sense. “Sir Syed wanted to create a scientific temperament among common Indians,” said Prof Samdani.
He further said that today Aligarh is known for AMU, which was founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and it is imperative to remember the work of all great reformers.
Prof Shambhunath Tiwari (Department of Hindi, AMU) said that Sir Syed was an ardent reformer and he wanted to reconcile modern scientific thought with religion by rationalistic interpretations and not by attacking basic belief. “Sir Syed was anxious to bring new education to masses,” said Prof Tiwari.
Presiding over the function, Prof S C Jain (Pro Chancellor, MU) said that MU is a sister institute of AMU and both centres of higher learning have responsibilities to take Sir Syed’s education mission forward.
Ajay Kumar Singh Rajput (Registrar, MU), A K Jain (Manager, S N Jain Inter-College), Paras Gaur and Sukaniya Raghvanshi also expressed their views on Sir Syed.
K V S Krishna (Pro Vice Chancellor, MU) proposed the vote of thanks. Fatima Rao and Dikhsha Singh conducted the programme.