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Bicentenary birth anniversary celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's name needs no introduction especially in the fields of humanity and social reforms. Aligarh Muslim University is living example of his selfless service to the community and nation to which he belongs.

The university which was founded by him in the form of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College, has decided to celebrate the bicentenary birth anniversary of its founder in style.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was born in a Syed family of Delhi on 17 October, 1817. Though his family was well connected with the Mughal court and his father Mir Muttaqi Mohammad was close to Mughal emperor Akbar Shah, the penultimate Mughal emperor, due to the declining Mughal rule, he opted to join the service of the East India Company.

During the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, he closely observed the scars of his Indian brothers and especially of the Muslim community and was certain that only modern education could bring respite for Indian Muslims.

Sir Syed tried his best to clear Indians of the charges of mutiny by writing Asbaab-e-Baghawat-e-Hind. Apart from his work as an educational reformist he was also involved himself in writing, printing, social reforms etc. Though Sir Syed was deeply hurt by the depiction of Islam and Prophet in "Life of Mahomet" by Orientalist historian William Muir, he refrained himself from political and verbal confrontations and instead chose to write his own book on the life of Prophet titled "Life of Mohammad" in which he countered William Muir by logical discourse.

He was termed Kafir "infidel" by leading Ulema of Deoband because of his inclination towards scientific education and his involvement in reforming the community through modern education. However, he did not lose hope and continued his mission of reforming the community by introducing educational and social reforms through his writings, journals, societies etc.

According to AMU website, "In view of Sir Syed's bicentenary celebration in 2017, Professor Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University 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.

On this occasion round the year celebrations will take place to augment the existing resource on Sir Syed and to reproduce it in the IT age so as to promulgate the philosophy Sir Syed for education of Indian Muslims."

The university arranged 2 days alumni meet on 15-16 October, 2017 in which large number of former students turned up from different parts of India as well as from abroad including USA, Europe, UAE etc. It was followed by grand celebration on 17 October, 2017.

Apart from the university administration, different alumni association of Aligs across the world are celebrating Sir Syed Day or Syed Syed Week in commemoration of bicentenary birth anniversary of the great visionary who had changed the modern education system of Muslim community of Asia.

The last message of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan:

"Oh My Dear Children,

You have reached a particular stage and remember one thing that when I undertook the task, there was criticism all around against me, abuses were hurled upon me, life had become so difficult for me that I aged before my age. I lost my hair, my eyesight but not my vision. My vision never dimmed, my determination never failed. I built this institution for You and I am sure, you will carry the light of this Institution far and wide till darkness disappears from all around."

These last words of Sir Syed sahab should be used by Alig fraternity as source of light to remove the darkness from the society by helping to build rationale thinking society wherever they are. World is in chaos, people are fighting with each other over one issue or another and we remain mute spectators rather than putting our foot forward to try our bit to end this chaos of darkness. One Sir Syed envisioned making thousands of Sir Syeds and hence it is our duty to carry forward the legacy of the great visionary.

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