Why AMU And Its Alumni Celebrate Sir Syed Day?
Aligarh, Oct 17: Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of social reformer, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan– a day celebrated as Sir Syed Day by university students and its alumni. AMU vice-chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor had planned the celebration in advance. NDTV reported that a series of events was planned to pay tribute to the great man.
According to NDTV, a commemorative volume, a coffee table edition, Sir Syed Bibliography in world languages will be launched to pay rich tribute to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of AMU. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s works will be highlighted. Lectures. seminars, conferences and rallies will be organised to discuss his work and personality.
“Apart from this the University will also make efforts to produce a motion picture on the life and times of Sir Syed, get the Government of India issue a Bicentenary stamp, collect all objects associated with Sir Syed for the Museum and bring out some special souvenirs to mark the grand celebration,” NDTV quoted the university.
Why Sir Syed Ahmed Khan a revered figure?
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s full name was Syed Ahmad bin Muttaqi Khan. He is considered as one of the most important Islamic reformers of the 19th Century. He was the champion of education in the Muslim community. He established the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh in 1877. He established a school for girls in 1907. In 1920, the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was made into a proper university. Sir Syed died in 1888, but he inspired many generations of India’s largest minority community to get educated and break the vicious circle of penury.