Aligarh: Dr Faiza Abbasi’s article titled, ‘Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum: The First Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University’ recently featured in the special issue on Indian Women in the University News, New Delhi, organ of the Association of Indian Universities. Dr Abbasi is the Assistant Director of the UGC Human Resource Development Centre, Aligarh Muslim University.
While congratulating Dr Abbasi on the achievement, Professor A R Kidwai, Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, AMU pointed out that apart from familiarizing readers with the achievements of Sultan Jahan Begum, Dr Abbasi’s article will make people appreciate gender parity at AMU, even in the 1920s. He added that the gender parity in AMU has been maintained to this day and will keep on continuing.
“Women education has received tremendous boost since the present AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) has been at the helm of AMU affairs,” said Prof Kidwai.
The finely researched article by Dr Faiza Abbasi illustrates the life and times of Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum and her association with AMU founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and the Aligarh Movement. The article also throws light on how Sultan Jahan Begum came as a harbinger of women’s education movement.
This article also has detailed information on how Sultan Jahan Begum kept her focus on Women Empowerment by founding several important educational institutions for free and compulsory primary education in 1918. The article also elaborates how Sultan Jahan Begum built technical institutes and schools and her support for the Girl’s School started by Sheikh Abdullah and his wife at AMU.