Vice Chancellor of Manglayatan University Satish Chandra Jain said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great visionary who laid down the foundation of modern education in India. He was addressing a symposium on “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Vision & Mission” organized by Sir Syed Awareness Forum at Muktakash Manch of Aligarh Exhibition at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Guest of honor Vivek Bansal, an alumnus of AMU and member of the Legislative Council pointed out that the organizers have proved themselves to be true “Aligarhians” by organizing such an informative symposium on Sir Syed. Addressing the programme, Public Relations Officer at AMU, Dr. Rahat Abrar said that Sir Syed organized a drama in the Aligarh Exhibition to raise funds for MAO College and this is a testimony to his painstaking efforts put forth in the promotion of education. Earlier DR. Shakeel Samdani, President of Sir Syed Awareness Forum and Coordinator of the General Education Centre at AMU, elaborated the history of the Aligarh Movement and reminded people that Sir Syed established a school before he embarked upon the dream of MAO College, which in 1920 was transformed into Aligarh Muslim University. Dr. Samdani emphasized that AMU is fully committed to secularism from the day of its inception and its doors are always open for everyone. During the symposium, a collection of poems of Dr. Aftab Anjum was released and the Sir Syed Awareness Award was bestowed upon Mohd. Yaqub Ansari while the title of Senior Corporate was given to Irshad Hussain. A resolution was also passed demanding construction of a gate and a hall in the Aligarh Exhibition premises after Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
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