By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA) has achieved commendable successes towards attainment of its cherished objectives in persuading the mission undertaken by great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.
The foundation stone of multi-million Sir Syed Tower project was laid by Engr Adil Usman on October 16, 2014, occasion of the Sir Syed Day.
“The project is like a dream which has come true,” Eng Adil Usman, who is also the Chancellor of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), had observed on the occasion.
“The Sir Syed Tower would prove to be of historical value as an academic and corporate hub promoting intellectual, cultural and creative activities,” he stated, adding that it will mark the continuation of our efforts towards accomplishment of Sir Syed’s Mission.
Engr Adil Usman said despite the fact that initial funds have been provided to start the Tower’s construction work, still more funds would be needed for its completion for which greater financial support would be required from the philanthropists and protagonists of Sir Syed Mission.
The AMUOBA President firmly believed that if the first step is taken with sincerity of objective, Almighty Allah certainly helps in achieving the accomplishment.
“I have the strong feeling that not only Sir Syed Tower but AMUOABA’s all of the plans will be completed without any hurdle and within the stipulated period.” he said.
While recounting AMUOBA’s plans, Engr Adil Usman referred to Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), pointing out that four new technologies of . Electrical and Software Engineering, Architecture and Bioinformatics were added while construction of the 8-storey Nizami Block is in the final stage of completion.
This year around 1327 students were conferred degrees at Convocation 2014 while the university spent around Rs 29.124 million on providing scholarships and financial assistance to 1561 needy and deserving students. The university’s library has 75,000 books on science, technology and other subjects and Rs 3 million are spent on procuring latest books while internship arranged for 2130 students.
Earlier the AMUOBA’s General Secretary, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi, presented the Association’s Annual Report highlighting the successes made towards the achievement of its targets while its Treasurer, Salman Sualeh, presented the audited accounts.