AMU alumni association hosted the annual meeting and dinner at Indigrill restaurant Doha
Glowing tributes were paid to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the towering educationist who laid the foundations of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), by the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ), at a function to celebrate Sir Syed Day.
The AMUAAQ is an associate organisation (AO) of the ICBF which runs under the aegis of the Embassy of India in Qatar.
Sir Syed Day, which this year on October 17, marked the 204th birth anniversary of Sir Syed, was celebrated virtually. AMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor had invited the presence of alumni and well-wishers to virtually commemorate Sir Syed Day.
Sir Syed, a philosopher and educationist, established the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College in 1875, which later became the AMU. This occasion is celebrated as Sir Syed Day on the university’s campus and across the globe on October 17.
While in-person dinners are limited due to the global pandemic, the core of the programme – the personalised networking – continues, as AMU alumni are always alert to their social responsibilities. During the fall 2020, they engaged alumni to host virtual events while strictly following the Covid-19 protocols.
AMU Alumni Qatar President Jawed Ahmad said their committee had informed the members to join the Sir Syed Day virtually with the university campus and organise the special dinner individually, or in limited groups, at the nearest venue while following the regulatory requirements.
Dr. Nadeem Jilani, Mamnoon Ahmad Bangash, Amanuddin Ashraf, Mohammed Naim, Mohammed Faisal Naseem, Mohammed Farman Khan, Farrukh Farooqui, Dr. Ashna Nusrat, Mohammed Nayeem, Dr. Zainab Mallick, Waheeduzzaman Khan and Kapil were among those who attended the event that was presided by AMUAAQ president Jawed Ahmad.
The attendees paid their khiraj-e-aqeedat (tributes) to Sir Syed, while AMUAAQ’s achievements in education, community service and sports were outlined by General Secretary Farman Khan.
The AMUAAQ’s upcoming programmes were also discussed in this meeting. The committee members also released the book, Tohfa-E-Alam, on the occasion. It’s a poetry collection written by Iftekhar Ahmad, who lost his life on 20th August 2021. He was the founder of Al Ahmad Foundation and father of AMU Alumni Qatar President Jawed Ahmad.
Dr Nadeem Jilani, chief advisor, said that Sir Syed’s views on the need to build universities and colleges similar to Oxford and Cambridge and other top institutions in India was very commendable. Jilani urged Aligs to come together to fulfil the AMUAAQ mission towards community and the alma mater.
“Our president, Jawed Ahmad, came forward and donated his individual contribution of a cheque of INR10 lacs to AMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor on the occasion of Independence Day to build one room of the guest house to keep the campaign successful,” Jilani said.
Jawed Ahmad delivered the welcome address that included a brief about Sir Syed, and congratulated the Aligs for being “exemplary ambassadors of our alma mater and for contributing meaningfully towards realising the dream of Sir Syed”.
At the end of the event, AMUAAQ V-P Mohammed Faisal Naseem delivered the vote of thanks.
The university tarana (https://old.amu.ac.in/pdf/taranaeng.pdf) was played and the event concluded with sumptuous dinner.
[Pics courtesy AMU Alumni Association Qatar]