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Sir Syed's contribution recalled at Jamia Urdu's 80th Foundation Day

By Our Representative
Speaking on the 80th Foundation Day of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh, several Urdu enthusiasts, includind MM Ansari, former member, Universities Grants Commission (UGC), Firoz Bakht Ahmed, chairman, Academic Council, Jamia Urdu, and Dr Jasim Mohammed, director, Jamia Urdu, suggested how Urdu became the language of composite culture, paving the way for communal amity among communities.
While Kuldeep Agarwal, former director, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), stated that that the purpose of all the Indian and international languages is to achieve the spirit of fraternal ambiance and ecumenism, Musaid Kidwai, an academic, said that Jamia Urdu’s research wing’s purpose was to define the problem sectors in the field of Urdu language not only within the country but also internationally as well.
A coffee table book, “A Journey of Urdu” was released along with a compilation of Sir Syed’s writings, “Mazamin-e-Sir Syed”, authored by Farhat Ali Khan. Attended by students from different courses, the festivity was told that after failure of the first war of independence in 1857, Muslims in India became a shattered lot. They were psychologically broken.
At that time Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, it was pointed out, embarked upon his educational mission and established Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, in 1875 which later was incorporated into the Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. This college became a turning point and led to the Aligarh movement, which lighted a lamp of education and knowledge.

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