Showing posts with label Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Aligarhian Zakir Ali Khan remembered

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Rich tributes were paid to the late General Secretary of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), Engr Mohammad Zakir Ali Khan, on the occasion of his fourth death anniversary observed by the Association at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology SSUET), Karachi.

Eminent speakers, on the occasion, highlighted the educational and literary services of Zakir Ali Khan, particularly his contribution towards the advancement of Sir Syed’s Mission. 

In his thought-provoking discourse, the SSUET Chancellor and the AMUOBA President, Jawaid Anwar, while recalling the services of Zakir Ali Khan, said that in any society the freedom of expression plays a positive role towards promotion of healthy trends. 

“The true opinion-making among the human beings is very much connected to their independent thinking,” he stated. 

“We at AMUOBA desire to write down a new chapter at Sir Syed University through educational advancement to be achieved through developmental activities.” 

He described Zakir Aki Khan as a multi-faceted person, particularly in the field of Urdu literature in recognition of which he was awarded ‘International Award for Literature’ by the Aligarh Muslim University. 

He particularly referred to Zakir’s most famous book ‘Riwayat-e-Aligarh’ and said it is a valuable gift for Aligarhians and students as well as a reflection of his character and personality. 

“It is a very informative truly reflecting the traditions of Aligarh culture and an important source for character building of students.” 

The Chancellor told the gathering that the University’s present setup is all out for the welfare of its employees and announced that they soon will be given benefits including medical insurance and revised pay scales. 

Pointing out that a number of welfare measures have been taken in a short span of four months, the services of around 150 adhoc employees were regularized and due promotions given to deserving employees besides completing the new E Block named after the Late Z A Nizami while it has been proposed to name Block F after Zakir Ali Khan. 

Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said that admission process has been completed smoothly and new and old entrants were pursuing university’s discipline. 

According to him the gap between two important sections of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) and Faculty is being bridged through reorganization measures. 

Earlier in his speech the AMUOBA’s General Secretary Mohammed Arshad Khan said that a sad phase of our society was that due recognition is not given to personalities in their lifetime. 

He stated that Zakir Ali Khan was the true benefactor of the Association and his services for AMUOBA and SSUET will go down in its history with golden letters. 

In his speech the Vice-Chancellor Hamdard University Prof Dr Abdul Mannan remarked that Zakir Ali Khan was binding force for the entire Aligarhin community and kept them jointed through his unmatched behavior and literary works. 

Noted journalist and writer Mahmood Shaam that every soul departing from us takes away his bright phase. Previously it was an era of independence but now the mass of slaves was on the rise. 

He said that Pakistan would not have come into being if there would not have been Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and it was unfortunate that we failed to maintain traditions and their continuation, adding that Zakir Ali Khan was the one who had command over urdu and presented the conditions around in a fascinating manner. 

Noted writer and researcher Khawaja Razi Hyder described Zakir Ali Khan a best writer of his era who had the ability to make people realize what used to be just information and his writings had a deep rooted appeal for the new generation in relation to their character building and wanted to see a bright future for them. 

Renowned poet Jazib Qureshi paid poetic tribute to Zakir Ali Khan and said he never allowed love, affection and memories to disappear. 

The daughter-in-law of Late Zakir Ali Khan said that he was a most affectionate person and from day one he never allowed her to feel that she came to in-laws after leaving her home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SSUET Chancellor exhorts new entrants to follow Sir Syed’s mission

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The new academic year 2016 commenced at the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, with the Orientation Session held for the new entrants of Batch 2016 at the Expo Centre on January 12.

It has been a tradition to organize the Orientation Session to familiarize the newly admitted students of the university about their respective engineering and non-engineering fields by the chairpersons of the respective departments. 

Addressing the session the SSUET Chancellor, Jawaid Anwar, in his thought provoking speech apprised the students about their present and future responsibilities. 

The SSUET, he pointed out, has a distinction that here the teachers are teaching their pupils on best possible lines while on the other the students are demonstrating their best capabilities in the context of acquisition of knowledge. 

“During the last 17 convocations, the Chancellor said, while on one hand the students passing out from here are rendering significant services for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, on the other they are occupying important positions in the whole of world because of their academic and technical capabilities.” 

“It is a matter of pride for Sir Syed University and it should be our equal responsibility to maintain this honour,” he exhorted. 

He reminded that after the creation of Pakistan, the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) has been pursuing the educational philosophy and footprints of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and it was in this very context that SSUET was brought into being. 

“We have all along been endeavored to promote an educational environment in this university in keeping with the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. 

On the occasion the Chancellor read out a quotation from a speech of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said no doubt the same is the centre of our ambitions as well. 

Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said that Sir Syed’s speeches and publications testified the fact that he wanted to see the children of the nation as custodian of a bright future and always stressed upon making curricular and non-curricular activities as purposeful and bounded with morality so that a society could be brought into being which despite being developed and modernized, which may have the reflection of Islamic norms and tradition. 

He said that it was Sir Syed Ahmed Khan which infused a power of action into the subjugated Muslims of South Asia, which ultimately led to the creation of beloved Pakistan within half a century after his death. 

“The founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah also kept similar sentiments with reference to the youth and always emphasized upon augmentation of their education and training.” he added. 

He said that attitudes have witnessed a change because of change in the focus on educational system which has led to mental confusion. 

“It has, therefore, become imperative to prepare yourself in the light of Aligarh spirit, role of the seniors and practical steps.” 

He told them that it is this very age where character building is done and, therefore they should not waste their age in useless activities. He advised them that they would have create innovation and singularity in their attitudes which may conform the scientific priorities. So that they could achieve a better future after having finished their academic career for which purpose the university did have counseling arrangements. 

As regards the non-curricular activities, the Chancellor said that university students have won score of honors in this context and they have to carry these traditions forward. 

The Chancellor said that today they are going to start a new chapter of their life which would be an era of their future-making and, thus, improve their moral and professional life during this era so that they could introduce themselves as a successful person in their family and national life. 

Earlier Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Jawaid H. Rizvi, welcomed the new entrants and highlighted the importance of the orientation day. He exhorted them that during their stay in this institution they will be expected of realizing their vital responsibilities so as to serve the country and nation in a more effective manner. 

On the occasion, the chairpersons of Computer, Electronics, Telecom, Bio-Med. Civil, Electrical and Soft ware engineering and Computer Science Architecture and Bio-Informatics departments apprised the new entrants about the salient features of their respective fields. 

The Registrar, Mumtaz-ul-Imam, gave an introduction about the AMUOBA the sponsors of SSUET, sports, literary and culture forum, financial assistance, scholarships library medical center and various curricular activities. 

The Dean of Engineering, Prof Dr S M Makhdoomi also welcomed the students while Prof Dr Najeeb Siddiqi gave an introduction of Continued Education Program me and the CISCO Academy. The Advisor to Chancellor, Siraj Khilji, gave an introduction about Career Planning and Placement Bureau of the university.

Friday, November 13, 2015

SSUET Chancellor announces medical insurance, revised pay scale and other facilities to employees

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Jawaid Anwar has announced medical insurance and revised pay scale besides other facilities for the university’s employees.

He made the announcement amidst applause while addressing the Aligarhians at a reception held at the university campus to celebrate the victory of the Zakir Ali Khan Panel in the recently held elections of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA). 

"I have always believed in governing with respect and look forward to work together to meet the challenges ahead with no political conflict,” the AMUOBA President stated

He congratulated his team on a hard-fought campaign adding that the Zakir Ali Khan Panel has been provided a golden opportunity to bring about changes for a constructive growth and betterment at the campus. 

He declared that AMUOBA will provide a favorable environment for everyone to pursue the cherished objectives. Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said he will not be carrying anyone to a blind optimism or to wishful idealism. 

“In keeping our promise we have immediately started to deliver and as a first move the hockey ground opposite the campus has been reopened for parking of vehicles of SSUET employees and students after so many years," he remarked adding that the place will also be provided with facilities for sports activities. 

He announced that employee’s pay scales will be revised in coming months while tenders have been invited for introducing their medical insurance in a transparent manner. 

The Chancellor informed that instructions have been issued for preparing a performance-based audit report of each department on the basis of which promotions and facilities will be announced on merit.  
Appreciating the role of teachers in the society he pointed out that faculty is the backbone of the university and they must be provided with better facilities. He asked them to strive to improve the SSUET’s image. 

He advised the Vice Chancellor and faculty members to join hands with him to bring a constructive change in the university in pursuing the vision of great educationist and reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who awakened the Muslims from slumber and ignorance and opened up venues for modern learning. 

On the occasion, in recognition of 50 years of valuable service of ideal Aligarian Late Muhammad Zakir Ali Khan, shields were presented to his sons Muhammad Nadir Ali Khan and Muhammad Akbar Ali Khan. 

The guests gave a standing ovation to Mazhar Aslam Zuberi who had Rs 5.1 million, a big chunk of his retirement dues, as donation to the Association and recently gave Rs 1 lakh for the construction of Sir Syed Tower, while he himself is living in an ordinary apartment. 

Earlier, in his speech, Vice President AMUOBA, Tariq Sabzwari, said: “We follow the mission of the great visionary Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and victory of Zakir Ali Khan panel is a pleasant change. 

The event was conducted elegantly by Noshaba Siddiqui, a member of AMUOBA’s Executive Committee, and concluded with the National Anthem and the Tarana e Aligarh. 

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr.Syed Jawaid H. Rizvi, Registrar Prof Dr Mumtaz ul Imam, AMUOBA’s Muhammad Moshin Khan (Treasurer), Abdul Rasheed Khan (Vice President), Syed Anwar Ali (Vice President), Wasif Nazar Siddiqui (Joint Secretary), Waqas Jawaid Bukhari (Joint Secretary Sports), Cmdr. (R) Saleem Siddiqui, Mukhtar Naqvi, Shajar Hashmi, Mustafa Bin Ibrahim, among others, were also present on the occasion.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Zakir Ali Khan panel sweeps AMUOBA elections

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Jawaid Anwar was elected as President and Muhammad Arshad as General Secretary of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA) for next three-year term in the Association’s elections held on October 31. 

The other office-bearers elected were three Vice Presidents, Abdul Rasheed Khan, Mohammad Tariq Sabzwari and Syed Anwar Ali besides Mohammad Mohsin Khan (Treasurer), Wasif Nazar Siddiqui (Joint Secretary) and Waqas Jawaid Bukhari (Joint Secretary for Sports). 

An 18-member Executive Committee comprising of Aamir Misbah, Adil Masood Faridi, Arif Ahmed, Atif Nazar Siddiqui, Farhan Tasneem Siddiqui, Iqbal Ahmed Siddiqui, Mazhar Aslm Zuberi, Muhammad Aijazul Yaqin, Muhammad Aleem Ansari, Muhammad Muzammil Mukhtar, Muhammad Yousuf Bin Azhar, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi, Muneer Muhammad Khan, Sajid Ali Khan, Saleem-uz-Zaman, Saleemuddin Chishti, Syed Adil Askari and Syed Nasir Hussainwas was also elected. Jawairia Urooj and Noshaba Siddiqui were elected on the Executive Committee as female members. 

Meanwhile in his remarks after his victory, the newly elected President AMUOBA Jawaid Anwar, who by virtue of this office has also become the Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), said: “I am truly glad at this remarkable victory and congratulate each and every Aligarhian at this amazing achievement.” 

“I look forward to a fruitful, efficient and highly professional cooperation with all Alig brothers.We need to elevate the status of the AMUOBA and our academic institutions to a level of professionalism. The change has taken place and now is time to deliver,” the President AMUOBA and the Chancellor SSUET declared. 

Vice President Muhammad Tariq Sabzwari observed that a new team has come up with a new resolution that will reinforce the Association. Vice President Syed Anwar Ali said institutions must be preferred over the personalities. 

“Whatever promise we made, will be redeemed in time and we will never ignore our manifesto”. General Secretary Mohammad Arshad vowed not to turn down the expectations of Alig brothers.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s 198th birth anniversary celebrated

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

With only a couple of years left for the Aligarhians to celebrate Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s 200th birth anniversary in 2017, glowing tributes were paid to the great reformer and educationist on the occasion of Sir Syed Day, marking his 198th birth anniversary.

The day was observed under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) which held a function in this regard at the campus of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi. 

Largely attended by the Aligarhians and the followers of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the ceremony was presided over by the SSUET Chancellor, Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, and addressed by eminent speakers who included scholars, writers, critics and intellectuals. 

The speakers included noted writer, poet, and critic Prof Sehar Ansari, researcher and educationist Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, noted columnist and writer Prof Tahir Masood and noted journalist, columnist and critic, Agha Masood Hussain. 

They spoke at length on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his unmatched services and mission for the causes and renaissance of the Muslims of South Asia which ultimately led to the creation of Pakistan under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 

Chancellor Adil Usman, described Sir Syed Ahmed Khan as the founder of a new culture in South Asia which helped the Muslims to come out of a quagmire. “It was a difficult mission but, Sir Syed Syed through his devoted and missionary zeal made it possible,” he lauded. 

“He set the direction of the Muslim society which was indeed a tough work to do at that crucial time of the history,” the Chancellor remarked. 

Engr Adil Usman, particularly referred to the construction of Sir Syed Tower on AMUOBAs land opposite Arts Council of Pakistan and described it as a great achievement, He announced that the Tower named after the visionary, will be completed within the stipulated time, thus materializing the dream of the Aligarhians. 

He described the construction of 6-storeyed Z.A. Nizami Block at the SSUET as another accomplishment, adding that it has been completed in a record time and as a result academic activities also started here. He credited the success to all Aligarhians who deserved appreciation. 

The Chancellor made it clear that the objective of Sir Syed Tower was not to get financial benefits, but the revenue to be earned from this project will be spent on the cause of promotion of education. He pointed out that SSUET has a very experienced faculty which made it an institution of international standard. 

In his speech, Prof Sehar Ansari recalled his recent visit to USA and said that Sir Syed’s Mission was being vigorously promoted by Aligarhians living in North America and Canada which reflects that Sir Syed’s movement is alive both in the East and the West. 

He called upon the new generation to follow the mission and footsteps of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in order to encounter the ever changing conditions and meet the challenges of the current world order and thus provide a hope for new morning. He said that Sir Syed had a broadminded personality who followed wisdom 

He said that during his visit he informed the Aligarhians about the activities of AMUUOBA, particularly the role of SSUET, construction of Sir Syed Tower and AMUOBA’s magazine ‘Tehzib’ which was vigorously applauded in their meetings. 

The eminent researcher and educationist, Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, described Sir Syed as an epoch-making figure who greatly influenced the generation after him. He particularly referred to his services in the field of science through the Scientic Society established by him and said its rays reached Europe. 

Dr Waqar said that Sir Syed propagated national aspirations through his magazine ‘Tehzib-ul-Ikhlaq’ and promoted two nation theory when the Hindus called for making Hindi the national language and as a result whereof the MAO College and Aligarh Muslim University came into being. 

Prof Tahir Masood said that Sir Syed saved the Muslims of South Asia from downfall and it was because of him that the dream of an independent land for Muslims could come true. He referred to the allegations leveled against Sir Syed by his opponents and said that he was the one who exposed the imperialists through his magazine Tehziful Ikhlaq. 

He said the institution he established produced people like Mauulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Hasrat Mohani, Liaquat Ali Khan and scores of others. Eminent journalist, writer, columnist and anchor, 

Agha Masood Hussain, through his discourse said that the mission and thoughts propagated by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan were unmatched and it was through his sheer wisdom that he created awareness among the Muslims to take course to modern knowledge.

He recalled that Sir Syed was aware of the adverse affects of mercantile economy being introduced by East India Company and, therefore, prepared Muslims to protect themselves from its horrible effects. 

Earlier Arham Mushtaq and Shah Zeb Rehmani, two SSUET students, made beautiful speeches in Urdu and English on the life and achievements of Sir Syed which drew great applause from the audience, while Editor Tehzib, paid poetic tributes to the great reformer. 

The function culminated with vote of thanks proposed by the General Secretary AMUOBA, Masood Alam and singing of traditional ‘Tarana-e-Aligarh’ by SSUET students in unison with Aligarians

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sir Syed Tower to contribute in knowledge acquisition

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 multi-storey Sir Syed Tower will prove to be the great asset of the AMUOBA towards knowledge creation and acquisition,” Engr Mohammad Adil Usman, the Association’s President remarked while addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at its Head Office on November 9. 

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.

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMUOBA celebrates Sir Syed Day with traditional fervour

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Glowing tributes were paid to the great reformer, educationist and the guide of the Muslims of South Asia on the occasion of the Sir Syed Day which was observed with traditional fervour in Karachi.

Eminent speakers, on the occasion, highlighted various aspects of the life of the legendary Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and recounted his achievements in particularly the contribution and efforts towards the emancipation of the Muslims of South Asia by way of creating an awareness about their identity. 

Held under the auspices of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), the sponsors of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), the proceedings of the day were chaired by Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, President, AMUOBA, and Chancellor, SSUET. 

The speakers included prominent intellectuals, writers, poets, educationists and critics like Syed Safwanullah, a former Federal Minister, Prof. Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, Prof Sehar Ansari, Anwar Ahmed Zai, Chairman Board of Intermediate Education, and Syed Arif Raza, a senior Aligarhian. 

They reminded of the various aspects of the life of the great reformer and enlightened the audience with his achievements with the assertion that it was high time to follow his mission with the spirit he had created among the Muslims of that era and which led to their independence from the yoke of imperialists. 

In his presidential address, Engr Adil Usman observed that Sir Syed had launched the Aligarh Movement to raise the educational and mental level of the Muslims and improve their economic bits. 

"He championed the cause that Muslims must secure scientific knowledge and have their own educational institutions and the AMUOBA takes the pride that while persuading the mission of Sir Syed, it established the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology and Aligarh Institute of Technology where best facilities have been provided for dispensing modern scientific knowledge," the AMUOBA President stated.

He said that the educational thinking and the mission undertaken thereof by Sir Syed were undeniable in their significance and the present day era and its needs demanded in following the footsteps of the great leader in its real spirit. 

On the occasion, he particularly referred to the construction of multi-storeyed Sir Syed Tower on AMUOBA’s plot and described the same as an accomplishment towards fulfillment of Sir Syed’s mission. 

He specially recalled the contribution of late Chancellor Engr Z A Nizami and the late Zakir Ali Khan, having served the AMUOBA as President and Secretary General respectively, towards conceiving this stupendous project. 

Engr Adil Usman sought the support and help of all and sundry at every step towards the completion of this gorgeous project . He pointed out that whatever funds AMUOBA had with it, were allocated for this project which, however, need more funds required for the project of this size. 

He also informed that work on the Engr Z A Nizami Block at the SSUET was in the final stages of completion while the present university management introduced four new technologies with funding from its own resources. 

Earlier in his discourse Syed Safwanullah said that it’s high time to ponder whether the message which Sir Syed left 150 years back, still exist to be pursued by us and what we are leaving behind for the next generation. 

“We should look into our own hearts to see whether we did follow the course provided by the great educationist or or we should leave them on smaller arteries to move ahead.” 

Prof Dr Waqar Azeem while unfolding various aspects of the life of Sir Syed, said that he spent whole of his life in reforming the Muslims and proved himself as an epoch-making personality who brought an opinion-making revolution which was his unmatched achievement. 

He said that Sir Syed had made Urdu a simple language and translated some 40 books on scientific subjects from English into Urdu. He said he brought out a gazette publishing scientific matters and it continued to be published for 30 years. 

Prof Sehar Ansari said that the wisdom and mission demonstrated by Sir Syed finds no other figure in the sub-continent which may match his towering personality. 

“He fought the knowledge and thinking of the Britishers with still greater knowledge and thinking and his 'khutbats' are a source of light even today.” He praised that his mission was being promoted at SSUET which is lighting the whole world. 

Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai remarked said that Sir Syed raised an army of his followers whose influence can be felt in the boys and girl students even of today. 

He pointed out that only three years later, the nation will celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of the great reformer who taught the lesson of independence 150 years back while focusing on the need for acquiring and learning English and scientific knowledge. 

Earlier Tayyaba Fasih and Shahzeb Rahman, two students of SSUET, delivered heart-warming speeches in Urdu and English respectively on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Anwar Azeem, Editor of Tehzib, the AMUOBA’s journal, presented poetic tribute to Sir Syed. 

The proceedings concluded with the famous Tarana-e-Aligarh which infused warmth in the blood of audience who stood up in zeal and sung the same in unison with the group of SSUET’s boys and girls. 

The function was organized at the same venue where the foundation stone of the multi-million Sir Syed Tower was laid by the AMUOBA President, Engr Adil Usman, who is also the Chancellor of SSUET, a week earlier.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Aligarhians won to carry forward of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s mission

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Aligarhians have vowed to continue to carry forward the mission of great reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who devoted his entire life for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and Islamic renaissance.

The commitment of Aligarhians came in this regard on the occasion of Sir Syed Day marking the 196th birth anniversary of great reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, observed under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA).

“The steps taken by AMUOBA and its members will continue to carry forward the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan,” said Engr Mohammed Adil Usman, President AMUOBA and Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology while addressing the Sir Syed Day function held at AMUOBA’s headquarters in Karachi.

He said that the AMUOBA observed Sir Syed Day every year to pay homage to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and to refresh the minds of younger generation about the life and achievements of the great reformer who brought a revolution among the Muslims of South Asia and which finally led to the creation of Pakistan.

“The objective is to continue with the struggle to further propagate the educational perception propounded by Sir Syed,” Chancellor Adil Usman said and added that the life of great reformer was rich with the implementation of mission for the aforesaid cause.

“He is our role model and will continue to be so and the AMUOBA will keep moving forward for the fulfillment of Syed’s mission and the implementation of his thoughts and ideology.” he declared.

Earlier noted intellectuals, researchers and writers in their speeches shed light on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that today again the nation needs another Sir Syed who could emancipate it from its present day vows and tribulations.

They included Prof Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, Azad Bin Hyder, Mahmood Sham, Prof Sehhar Ansari, and Khawaja Razi Hyder.

Mohammed Umer Khan, a SSUET student earned big applauds when he spoke on the life and history of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his contribution towards Islamic renaissance in South Asia.

Prof Waqar spoke at length about Sir Syed’s efforts for promotion of the cause of Urdu and particularly the establishment of Scientific Society which was reflective of his wisdom and farsightedness.

He pointed out that Sir Syed’s visit to London too was for the cause of Urdu  and where he conceived the plan for publication of  “Tehzib Iskhlaq” through which he later brought a mental revolution among the Muslims of South AAsia.

Azad Bin Hyder recounted the researches carried out by Muslims in the fields of science and medical and which was practiced by Europe.

He cited an example of Dr Hamidullah whom the French government assigned the translation of Holy Quran in French and the then President Gen De Gaulle approved unlimited budget for the purpose.

Noted Journalist and poet Mahmood Sham in his thought-provoking speech pointed out that the Aligarh Muslim University was established for the sake of a bright future of the Muslims and through his mission Sir Syed Ahmed Khan brought a change in the very complexion of sub-continent.

“Today we are remembering the great reformer at a time when we are again a victim of unfortunate conditions,” he pointed out adding that once again we need a Sir Syed who could lead us to emancipation.

He said the nation cannot get rid of selfishness and personal gains unless the very spirit of Sir Syed Ahmed is revived.

Prof Sehar Ansari described Sir Syed a revolutionary personality and said there could hardly be anyone who would not be aware of his greatness, farsightedness and services and his wisdom and foresight emerged as guiding principles for the Muslims.

Khawaja Razi Hyder said the sub-continent cannot brig to fore an example matching the achievements of Sir Syed. He said no one can envelope his multi-faceted personality. He promoted educational thinking and provided a thoughtful base.

On the occasion the SSUET students presented the “Tarana-e-Aligarh” which Aligarhians sung in unison.

At the end of his presidential speech, Engr Adil Usman recounted the services of late SSUET Chancellor and President AMUOBA, Engr Z A Nizami, and late General Secretary AMUOBA, Engr Zakir Ali Khan, for their contribution towards propagation of the mission and the cause carried forward by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology and Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology was reflective of their efforts made with the contribution from AMUOBA members.

The function ended with a vote of thanks presented by General Secretary of the AMUOBA, Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi.

Friday, October 19, 2012

AMUOBA observed Sir Syed Day with traditional enthusiasm

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Distinguished speakers paid rich homage to the great reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, on the occasion of his 195th birth anniversary observed under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) with a call by President AMUOBA and Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Engr Z A Nizami, for acquisition of the latest knowledge in the field of science and technology.

“Acquiring scientific and technological knowledge is the only solution for the problems being faced by the Muslims,” he observed in his Presidential address, declaring that the arduous task which was undertaken by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia must continue with the same missionary zeal.

Engr Nizami described the establishment of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology as a big step towards the desired direction. He said that today SSUET was regarded as the top engineering university of Pakistan having collaboration with top 11 universities of USA.           

He reminded that Sir Syed’s aim was not just to establish a college at Aligarh but pursue the Muslims to acquire modern education to lift them up from a precarious position, having devoted whole of his life for this purpose.

Speaking on the occasion, Azad Bin Haider, a renowned politician of his prime days and a writer and researcher of eminence now, stated that it was the great reformer Sir Syed who gave a new direction to the Muslims of South Asia and it was mainly due to his movement that many more new movements for Muslim’s renaissance started in South Asia.

He said that the observance of Sir Syed Day by AMUOBA every year is a highly fruitful act and Pakistan can be led to the path of progress if the motives behind Pakistan Movement are remembered.

He thought of Sir Syed a real motivator who launched a movement for Muslims to acquire modern education and created a wave of awakening in them. He urged the youth to focus on their education which is the only solution to every problem.
Prof Dr Waqar Rizvi, a religious scholar and writer, presented a paper on Pakistan Movement and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that it was the national spirit behind the mission undertaken by him which can truly be regarded as the foundation for the creation of Pakistan.

Renowned scholar, columnist and Pakistan Movement Gold medalist, Saeed Siddiqui, remarked that the past of nation is the pride of nation.  He said those nations who forget their history are bound to be eliminated.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, he said, was a great visionary, statesman and Muslim reformer of the 19th century who worked tooth and nail to make the community progressive and lead them to the cherished objective.  

He said that Sir Syed was the first Indian Muslim to contribute to the intellectual and institutional foundation of Muslim’s modernization in South Asia.

He recalled that in 1862 he formed a scientific society, and 13 years later he assisted in establishing the Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College, which prospered and became the key intellectual center for Indian Muslims - The Aligarh Muslim University. The success of the college was largely due to his leadership and a curriculum embodying both Western and Oriental studies.

Ali Zafar Qadri, a senior Aligarhian presented a detail chronology of the life and accomplishments of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan while Khumar Farooqi, a renowned poet and writer, paid poetic homage to the great reformer and educationist and drew a big applause.

A significant feature of the function was highly impressive speeches on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by SSUET students Umer Khan in Urdu and Umer Ali Kazmi in English. The audience highly appreciated their knowledge about the great reformer.

Another feature of the well-attended function was singing of Tarana-e-Aligarh” sung by boys and girl students of Sir Syed University.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Zakir Ali Khan passes away

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

Zakir Ali Khan, a great protagonist of the vision and mission of great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, passed away in Karachi on February 8, after a protracted illness. He was 86.

Born in July 2026 in Rampur, Zakir Ali Khan did his matriculation from Rampur, B.Sc from Aligarh in 1945 and B.Sc Engineering from the same university in 1948.

In his professional career, the late Khan had served as Managing Director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KESB), Chief Engineer, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Honorary Vice-Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Founder Member of Board of Governors SSUET, Founder Member Governing Body Aligarh Institute of Technology, President, Pakistan Association of Scientists and Scientific Professions, Karachi University Syndicate and Academic Council and Selection Board.

He was elected as General Secretary of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) in 1960 and occupied this position till his death.

Zakir Ali Khan was the recipient of Alumni Award given to him by Aligarh Alumni Association New York in 2000 and was awarded the First Sir Syed Ahmed Khan International Award for Literature by Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2008.

He was the author of 10 books and represented the best qualities of social engineering through the promotion of professional education thereby impacting the life of a large multiple.

He was also instrumental in creating a new sense of pride and confidence as being a part of modern Islamic heritage through his writings.

He played a significant role in establishment of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association and since the last five decades had remained in Honorary Secretary.

He was actively engaged in the promotion of sports events and also went as team manager to various countries. He worked hard to promote hockey and served as Secretary of Karachi Division Lawn Tennis Association. 

He had great passion for tennis in particular, having played this sport in his younger days. His sons, Nadir Ali Khan and Babar Ali Khan, represented Pakistan’s tennis team in Davis Cup quite a few times.