KARACHI: Rich tribute was paid to the great visionary and reformer of subcontinent, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, on his 198th birth anniversary, observed by Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA) at Sir Syed University’s campus. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan devoted his entire life for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and Islamic renaissance.
Addressing the ceremony of Sir Syed Day, Engr Muhammed Adil Usman, President AMUOBA and Chancellor, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan introduced a new culture in the subcontinent. He was the most significant and unparalleled character of our civilization that history can never ignore. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan actually set the direction of the Muslim society which was indeed a tough work to do at that crucial time of the history.
He pointed out that Sir Syed Tower is a great achievement of Aligarians and continuation of the success and accomplishment of Sir Syed’s Mission. Another feather in our cap is Z. A. Nizami Block and construction of this 6-storey building has been completed in a record time, he added.
Speaking on the auspicious occasion Engr Muhammed Adil Usman underscored that modern facilities are available with skilled and experienced faculty at Sir Syed University and Aligarh Institute of Technology in persuasion of Sir Syed’s thoughts and ideology.
Renowned journalist Agha Masood Hussain said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had the scientific belief and approach. He was aware of the adverse results of mercantile economy being introduced by East India Company in the Subcontinent. He, therefore, prepared Muslims to protect themselves from its horrible effects. Noted scholar and author Professor Sehar Ansari said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan brought revolutionary change in the Muslim society with his foresightedness and the ideology based on realism. He indicated that selfish attitudes decline the revolutionary growth of the country. Famous scholar Prof. Dr. Waqar Ahmed Rizvi said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan presented social reforms’ plans wherever he went on visit and he also wrote articles on scholarly subjects in the simplest language that a common man can understood easily. Prof. Dr Tahir Masood said Pakistan came into existence because of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and if it is not running smoothly or effectively, it is our responsibility, not his.
In the end General Secretary AMUOBA, Masood Alam presented the vote of thanks and SSUET students presented Tarana-e-Aligarh which Aligarians sang in unison.