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Friday, January 18, 2019

Prof. Dr. Sohail Sabir visit to Pakistan


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Prof. Dr. Sohail Sabir, head of Chemistry Department, Aligarh Muslim University India has arrived here on a visit to Pakistan.

In Karachi he was hosted a dinner by Zakir Ali Khan Panel which was constituted to contest Elections-2018 of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA). at the residence of Akbar Ali Khan, founder and Chairman of ZAK Panel. 

In his speech on the occasion Dr Sohail Sabir said that while in Pakistan he felt delighted for being among the elite of  Aligarhians and Alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He thanked Akbar Ali Khan and Mrs Khan for providing him this opportunity of having an interaction with them.

Speaking about the Aligarh Muslim University and its current state of affairs, Prof Sohail informed that at present the university's students strength is around 30,000 and the university has 20 spacious halls to accommodate them.

Dr Sohail, who is the Chairman of AMU's scholarship committee and Chairman AMU Alumni Association India, extended an invitation to the guests to come to Aligarh for a visit to AMU for which   he assured of extending them every assistance in getting a visa besides their stay there.

On the occasion Engr  Anwar Ali, Vice-President AMUOBA, recalled his visit to Sydney, Australia, and his meeting with Dr Azhar Amin Nomani, a senior Alumni of AMU. He said they held discussion on the activities of Aligarhians rendering valuable services in various parts of the world and the need for forging greater coordination between them to further promote Aligarhians-related activities.

On arrival at the residence of Akbar Ali Khan, the visiting professor was warmly welcomed and present bouquet by Mr and  Mrs  Khan while Dr Jaffer Nazir Usmani presented the book "Rawayat-e-Aligarh" which was written by late Zakir Ali Khan during his life time. Another book on Zakir Ali Khan titled "Zakir-e-Sir Syed", which was written by noted scholar Dr Islahi from Aligarh, was also presented to visiting Professor.  Anwar Ali said  Dr Jaffer was over-whelmed by reading that book and remarked that he felt himself as he was in Aligarh.

In his speech on the occasion , Sqd. Ldr. Nafees Rabbani spoke about the history of AMUOBA and the establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology and multi-storeyed Sir Syed Tower under its banner in Karachi and said its credit goes to legendries like Late Zakir Ali Khan and  Z.A. Nizami.

The dinner was largely attended by prominent members of Aligarh fraternity, their wards, Alumni of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, a number of members of AMUOBA's Executive Committee besides nominated members of ZAK Panel.

Prominent among the guests on the occasion included Tariq Sabzwari and Engr Anwar Ali, Vice-President Engr Wasif Nazar, Joint Secretary and Engr Mohsin Khan, Treasurer AMUOBA.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Hectic campaigning underway for AMOUBA elections

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Hectic campaigning is going on in connection with the election-2018 of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) due to be held on December 29.

At present the AMUOBA is running the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) and its affiliate Aligarh Institute of Technology (AIT).  

Presently the two institutions are being run by AMUOBA's President and Chancellor Jawaid Anwar who had emerged victorious in the last elections as a candidate of the Zakir Ali Khan Panel. 

However, this time during the upcoming Elections 2018, he has joined hands with the Nizami Group. 

The Zakir Ali Khan group is being headed by its founder and chairman, Akbar Ali Khan, who has formed a panel and is likely to give tough time to their opponents.

The Zakir Ali Khan group's supporters held a meeting at which Akbar Ali Khan announced his group's manifesto committing a better future for the university through far reaching reforms. 

On the occasion the names of the panel candidates for Election-2018 were also announced. 

Dr Jafar Usmani will be the Presidential Candidate while Iqbal Siddiqui, Asif Siddiqui and Tariq Sabzwari have been nominated for the slots of Vice President.

Mohsin Khan (General Secretary), Wasif Nazar (Honorary Joint Secretary), Adil Masood (Honorary Joint Secretary Sports), Hamil Jalil Zuberi (Honorary Joint Secretary Publicity), Masood Alam (Hononrary Joint Secretary Academic) and Ahsan Ghazi (Honorary Treasurer) are the other nominees of the panel. 

The manifesto of the Zakir Ali Khan group for Elections-2018, unveiled on the occasion, contained its policies for recognition plans for Aligarians and AMUOBA members, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association Cooperative Housing Society (AMUOBACHS), 200-acre Education City having campuses of SSUET and AIT, and new projects.

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, 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.