Sir Syed Day: Why October 17 Is Important For AMU And Its Alumni

Sir Syed Day is celebrated by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and its alumni every year in the memory of its founder.

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Sir Syed Day: Why October 17 Is Important For AMU And Its Alumni

Sir Syed Day: Why October 17 Is Important For AMU And Its Alumni

New Delhi:  Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be the chief guest on the 200th or bicentennial birth celebrations of the AMU founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, today, ie, on October 17. Sir Syed Day is celebrated by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and its alumni every year in the memory of its founder. In view of Sir Syed's Bicentenary Celebration in 2017, according to an official communication, AMU Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor has taken a far reaching decision, well in advance for celebrating the AMU Founder's Bicentenary in a befitting manner. As a tribute to Sir Syed's education mission, a series of events and new initiatives have been planned.

The programmes include publication of commemorative Volumes, a coffee table edition, Sir Syed Bibliography in world languages, a biography of Sir Syed in Hindi, special issues of Tehzibul Akhlaque and Fikr-o-Nazr, English translations of Sir Syed's works and directory of prominent AMU Alumni, organization of multi-level lectures, seminars, conferences and awareness rallies on Sir Syed; commissioned research projects; essay writing and painting competitions; Sir Syed Exhibitions and sound and light show. 

"A part from this the University will also make efforts to produce a motion picture on the life and times of Sir Syed, get the Government of India issue a Bicentenary stamp, collect all objects associated with Sir Syed for the Museum and bring out some special souvenirs to mark the grand celebration," the university said.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Syed Ahmad bin Muttaqi Khan commonly known as Sir Syed, was an Islamic reformist and philosopher of nineteenth century British India. Sir Syed is also counted among one of the makers of modern India. The Aligarh Muslim University grew out of the work of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, who in the aftermath of the Indian War of Independence of 1857 felt that it was important for Muslims to gain education and become involved in the public life and government services in India. 

In 1877, Sir Syed founded the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh and patterned the college after Oxford and Cambridge universities that he had visited on a trip to England. 
It was one of the first purely residential educational institutions set up either by the government or the public in India. 

The college was originally affiliated with the University of Calcutta and subsequently got affiliated with the university of Allahabad in 1885. 

A school for girls was established in 1907. By 1920 the college was transformed into the Aligarh Muslim University.

Sir Syed breathed his last on March 27, 1898 and was buried in the premises of the university mosque in the Sir Syed Hall, AMU.

AMU is considered as one of the top ranked universities in the world with its alumni is spread across the world who are connecting their successes with their alma mater and contributing in all possible ways.

Film maker Mahesh Bhatt, Zafar Sareshwala, Chancellor - Moulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad and others have posted on social media websites commemorating the greatest reformer and philosopher.





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