AGRA: AMU alumnus and head of the FI Investment Group, USA, Dr Frank Islam while delivering the Sir Syed Day commemoration address on the occasion of Sir Syed Day at Aligarh Muslim University’s Athletic Ground on Thursday said that “Sir Syed had a collegial and compassionate view of peaceful co-existence, collaboration and communal harmony in a pluralistic society”.
“Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, founder of Banaras Hindu University, shared Sir Syed’s ecumenical perspective and his vision,” Dr Islam added.
Dr Islam, who was the chief guest on the occasion of Sir Syed Day, delivered the commemoration address on the subject, ‘Remembering and Building upon Sir Syed’s Legacy of Love, Learning and Light’.
“Sir Syed believed that education and shared educational experiences are pillars for achieving peaceful co-existence, collaboration, communal harmony and national progress,” Dr Islam stressed, adding, “There are currently almost 20,000 AMU alumni in 100 countries worldwide. I am one of them.”
In the welcome address, AMU vice-chancellor professor Tariq Mansoor said, “In view of Sir Syed’s vision, the University has started a number of courses in emerging areas. He announced that the UGC has sanctioned a grant of Rs 19 crore for equipment and infrastructure development, 160 smart class rooms are now functional and a 1,500 bedded hostel for girls, the Begum Azizun Nisa Hall is operational.”
The VC added that since the University is committed to the cause of physically challenged, 4 % reservation in admission and employment has been implemented.