18-OCT-2019: Alumni Conclave held in AMU
Aligarh, October 18: Scores of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni from all over India and across the world wallowed in nostalgia, walking down memory lane as they reconnected with their alma mater during the Alumni Conclave on the theme, 'Road Map to Centenary Celebrations' held at the J N Medical College (JNMC) Auditorium.
The Chief-Guest of the function, IPS Officer, Mr Zaki Ahmad, ADG Uttar Pradesh Police, Lucknow said, "As we revisit old memories, let us remember that we are soldiers of the Aligarh Movement and it is time that we take stalk of what we have achieved before taking the movement of Sir Syed forward."
"It is time to come with fresh enthusiasms to raise the bar for removing backwardness with the right kind of education for the masses," he said suggesting that AMU alumni can have federations at state levels to continue the Aligarh Movement in the new era with vigour and zeal.
Reminiscing student life in AMU, Mr Zaki shared how he prepared for competitive exams at the Maulana Azad Library and the Coaching and Guidance Centre.
Presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor pointed out that he has always maintained that AMU alumni are the brand ambassadors of the University and it is heartening to see how alumni from different parts of the world are connecting their successes with their alma mater and contributing in all possible ways.
"AMU always had an alumni network, but it was the former Vice Chancellor, Prof P K Abdul Aziz, who got it connected with the University; Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) in his tenure as the Vice Chancellor carried it forward and now I am committed to this network," said Prof Mansoor.
The Vice Chancellor emphasised that the JNMC auditorium is an example of the alumni network, we received a grant of Rs five crores for the auditorium, and the rest of the money was donated by our alumni.
Speaking on the Kashish programme, Prof Mansoor said that it is a platform to connect children of alumni with the University through the winter and summer schools in their areas of education for two weeks to two months.
"As part the University centenary celebrations and the centenary alumni meet, an alumni guest house will be established; a gate will be installed to mark centenary celebrations; Alig Connect, an app to connect students and alumni will become operational; a directory will be published with details of alumni all over the world; around 25 eminent speakers from various fields will deliver lectures and a video film highlighting the past, present and future of AMU will released among other things," elaborated the Vice Chancellor.
Attending the function as a Guest of Honour, renowned AMU alumnus, Dr A Abdullah, Washington DC, USA said, "For the purpose of glorifying the institution, we need land marks such as a new building or a college."
He pointed out that there are more than 25 AMU alumni associations in USA committed to the welfare of current students and the best developments in the University.
Giving suggestions on the centenary celebrations, University alumna, Prof Anwar Jahan Zuberi, Former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University said, "Since, Sir Syed emphasised on quality education based on the Oxford University and Cambridge University patterns, we need to push the envelope to be listed in the 100 best universities of the world."
On the occasion, AMU Treasurer, Prof (Hakim) Syed Zillur Rahman distributed certificates to the mentors of Sana Shahool (USA) and Yalma Umar (Kazakhstan), children of alumni who attended the Kashish programme.
Welcoming the guests, Prof M M Sufyan Beg, Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee briefed about the upcoming alumni directory, the Alig Connect App, Centenary Blocks to be installed in the Maulana Azad Library and Women's College Library and the Centenary Gate.
AMU alumni, Mr Aslam Khan (New Delhi), M Tahir (Mumbai), Dr Shakeel Kidwai (Lucknow), Mr Tauqeer Zia, Mr Abdl Moiz Khan (UAE), Mr Syed Ali Rizvi (USA), Mr Salman Warris (New Delhi), Mr Shaheer Khan (USA), Mr Faisal S (USA) and Dr M Qureshi (Mumbai) among others gave suggestions for the centenary celebrations in 2020.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Akhtar Haseeb and Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) were also present on the occasion.
Prof Tamkin Khan proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Faiza Abbasi conducted the programme.
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