AMU organises Alumni Meet-2018

Published: October 16, 2018 at 10:32 pm

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Vplnews, Aligarh, October 16: Greying hair and wrinkles of experience written on their faces, ex-students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) did take some time to recognise each other, but when they did – their days in the University flashed brilliantly in their conversations. In a walk down the memory lane, alumni from different parts of the world reconnected with their alma mater at the AMU Alumni Meet-2018.

Mr Rizwan Ahmad (1978 batch IPS officer and retired DG-Police, Uttar Pradesh), who attended the inaugural function at the Kennedy Hall auditorium as the Chief Guest spoke on Sir Syed’s mission of ardent reform and how he wanted to reconcile modern scientific thought among Indians by rationalistic interpretations and not by attacking basic belief system. He said that Sir Syed always believed that religious differences should have no political and national significance.

“Aligarh Muslim University lies in the fertile plains between river Ganges and Yamuna and fully subscribes to ‘Ganga-Yamuna Tehzeeb (culture)’ and it is the responsibility of us alumni and students to represent this culture in all parts of the world,” said Mr Rizwan Ahmad pointing out that serving humanity is of foremost importance and this was also the mission of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, who built the foundations of this University on the principles of secularism and plurality.

He further said that on this day; we must ponder on how AMU has made us what we are and how we should generously pay back to our alma mater. “Alumni can mentor current students, volunteer to speak at events, write about their experiences, join alumni organisations and talk to prospective students besides giving financial help,” said Mr Rizwan Ahmad.

Presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that it is heartening to see how alumni from the United States of America, European countries, Middle-East, Mauritius and other parts of the world are connecting their successes with their alma mater and contributing in all possible ways. “Alumni are our brand ambassadors and what they achieve is a direct reflection of our University,” said Prof Mansoor.

The Vice Chancellor shared how the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Javed Ashraf in a recent meeting with him praised the network of AMU alumni associations in various countries particularly in Singapore, where the alumni association frequently invites him to various programmes. “We have an excellent alumni network and I wish to further strengthen it by involving alumni in career guidance, employment and mentoring of the current students,” said Prof Mansoor informing that the University will soon have an alumni directory with information and contacts of alumni spread all over India and the world.

“We also have a social network, ‘Alig Connect’ for the current students to get in touch with the alumni. We are starting a programme known as ‘Kashish’ in which the children of alumni from various parts of the world can come to AMU and connect with the alma mater of their parents. We will have an alumni guest house in the university built from the donations from the alumni,” said the Vice Chancellor.

While concluding his address, Prof Mansoor mentioned that AMU has once again been ranked in the top Indian universities. “Times Higher Education has ranked AMU as the 5th best, while National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) has ranked AMU as the 10th best Indian university, but AMU is beyond these rankings and we should aim to produce students who are good human beings, besides being the best in their professions,” said the Vice Chancellor.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg and Registrar, Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS) were also present at the dais.

Prof Shah Alam Khan (Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS) urged students to continue to realise their beautiful dreams with the required hard work and dedication and follow footsteps of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Mahatma Gandhi to take AMU on greater heights.

Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz (Vice Chancellor, MANU University, Hyderabad) said that it is imperative to follow the path of justice, no matter what we do and where we live. We need to be good professionals with the best in our education and contribute to society in the best of ways, he said.

Prof Neelima Gupta (Vice Chancellor, CSJM University, Kanpur) recalled that as a student she used to attend programmes in the Kennedy Hall and never thought that one day, she will be sitting on the dais and addressing the current students. “This success passage, which has made me sit on the dais, has been given to me by AMU,” she pointed out.

Mr M J Alam (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi) shared that he left the University after failing to qualify the Civil Services exams in the first attempt, but his teachers convinced him to come back. “I owe my success of qualifying the Civil Services exam to my teachers in AMU, who guided and mentored me,” said Mr Alam.

Mr Rizwan ur Rahman (CEO and Secretary, Maulana Azad Educational Foundation/ Chairman MANAS, New Delhi) spoke on the importance of following Sir Syed’s path of spreading education to masses. Mr Rahman said that he quit his job in the power sector of the Government to join the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the purpose of providing education to girls, especially those of the marginalised sections.

Prof (Retd.) M Farooque (Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS) shared anecdotes and experiences from his life. He pointed out that the AMU alumni community spread all over the world shares a bond of love and brotherhood. He also urged students to recognise and hone their skills.

Delivering the welcome address, Prof M M Sufyan Beg said that AMU was waiting eagerly for the alumni meet and we seek the help of our alumni to take AMU to new heights.

Prof Anwar Khursheed, Vice Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Faiza Abbasi conducted the programme.

On the occasion, ‘Distinguished Aligs: Padma Awards and More’, by Dr Samina Salim and a souvenir of the Alumni Meet were also released by the Vice Chancellor and the guests.

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