UAE alumni celebrate Sir Syed Day
ALIGARH: â€œIt is rightly said that no graduate of any university loves his or her Alma mater as strongly as the graduates of Aligarh Muslim University love their alma mater. Anywhere in the world there are a number of old boys and girls, they form an Alumni forum for socializing and doing something for the Universityâ€™s progress. The Emirates chapter of the Alumni is one of the most active and prominent amongst many whose members have always come up to support their alma materâ€, said Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Brigadier S. Ahmad Ali while addressing a gathering of alumni at the beautiful outdoor venue of the International Holiday Hotel in Sharjah, Dubai.
Brig. Ali was speaking at the Sir Syed Day celebration programme organized by the AMU Alumni Forum, UAE, which has made history by organizing the largest gathering of Aligs in the world. He confirmed that he has been travelling and attending the alumni programmes all over the world but nowhere had he seen such a large number of Aligs at one venue.
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. Ali said that Sir Syedâ€™s educational mission marks the most important epoch in the Post Mogul history of Indian Muslims. â€œHe had a clear vision that without modern and scientific education and knowledge of English language, Indian Muslims would be marginalized pushed to the low of lowest position in the social strata of the country. The traditional religious leadership failed to realize this fact and did not heed to the call of the timeâ€, asserted Brig. Ali.
He said that the University was progressing by leaps and bounds. He appreciated the role of the Alumni who generously supported the development and construction projects in the university. He declared that the financial and moral support that AMU was receiving from alumni groups in general and the UAE chapter in particular was beyond his imagination and above all their expectations.
Dr. Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, former Minister for Environment and Water, UAE and Patron of AMU Alumni Forum-UAE presented welcome speech and appreciated the role of Indians in development of UAE.
President of the Forum, Mr. Syed Mohammad Qutbur Raham reminded Aligs of their responsibility towards the nation and the community. He urged them to provide help and leadership to the community all over the world.
Mr. Ameer Ahmad, Chairman, Manappat Foundation lambasted that organizing the Sir Syed Day celebration programmes were not enough as more was needed to be done on large scale in educating Muslims of the North India, especially in UP, Bihar, Bengal and Assam. Citing example of Kerala, he said the development model had to be copied to attain remarkable progress in education, job and business. Describing his recent visits to some of the remote villages of UP, he gave gruesome detailed description of the sufferings of the destitute Muslims who lived there in abject poverty.
The guest of honour, Mr. Deepak Mishra, Secretary, International Social Council, President, Samajwadi Bouddhik Chintan Sabha & Editor, Anuchintan charged the people with emotion by demanding Bharat Ratna Award to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan for his great services to the nation.
Distinguished alumni from UAE and India, present on the occasion, included Mr. Siraj Uddin Qureshi, President, India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, Mr.Tariq Ahmed Nizami, Founder & CEO, CEO Clubs Network, Janab Ameer Ahmed, Chairman & Group M.D. Manappt Group of Companies , Dr. Suhail Sabir, Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee, A.M.U. Aligarh, Dr. Faud Saeed Sherani, Coordinator, Cultural Education Centre, A.M.U Aligarh, Mr. Mehsan Arshad, Vice President/Director, International Business Development, Mr.Saiyad Shahin Alam, Director, GP Property Fund (CEIC) Ltd, Mr. Shahabuddin Yaqub, Journalist & Social Activist, Janab Sayed Anwar Bari, Asst. General Manager (Projects), Bukhatir Group, Mr.Shahar Imran, Businessman and Community Activist from London, UK, Mr. Md. Perwez Siddique, President, Sir Syed Minority Foundation, Aligarh and Mr. Abdul Khalique Kamil, Honorary Secretary, Sir Syed Minority Foundation, Aligarh.
Mr. Adil Akhtar, Vice President of the Forum conducted the programme. Mr. Mansoor Ali, General Secretary, AMU Alumni Forum-UAE proposed a vote of thanks. Mr. Ateequr Rehman Khan, Joint Secretary organized a quiz competition on Sir Syedâ€™s life, mission, achievements and AMU history.
The celebration was sponsored by DLF-Lucknow, Al-Futtaim Engineering, Al Makkaj Ajmal Group, LuLu Hypermarket, Asian Group of Companies,Â Desert King Waterproofing, Vertex – Events & Interiors, Ashiyana Group of Companies, Al Amber Perfumes, Tritech Technical Services, Al Jouz Auto Spare parts & Pure World Freight.