Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ), associate organisation of Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) under the aegis of the Embassy of India in Qatar, recently celebrated the 100 years of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Dr Deepak Mittal, ambassador of India to Qatar, was the chief guest from Qatar and Prof Tariq Mansoor, AMU vice-chancellor, was the chief guest from India. S R H Fahmi, first secretary Indian embassy in Qatar; Hasan Chougule, entrepreneur; Ahmed Kazi, CCT; Naseem Ahmad, AMU ex-VC; Prof. Zaheeruddin, PVC AMU; Prof M M Sufyan Beg, principal ZHCET and chairman Alumni Affairs Committee Aligarh; Prof Najmul Islam, AMU Teachers Association general secretary; Prof Rahat Abrar, AMU ex-PRO; and Mahesh Gowda, ICBF acting president; attended the programme as guests of honour. Omar Peerzada, AMU PRO, was the main guest speaker. He spoke on the topic of ‘100 Years of AMU Achievement and Future Expectations’. Avinash Gaikwad, ICBF general secretary; Mohamed Sultan, CCT; Obaid Tahir, Shahabuddin Ahmad and Arshia attended the programme as special guests.
Dr Deepak Mittal said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was one of the greatest educationists in the world and that he felt great to be part of this event. He also spoke about AMUAAQ’s achievements in education, community service and sports. He congratulated the alumni for the 100-year celebration of the university.
Prof Tariq Mansoor also congratulated the students, teachers, non-teaching staff, alumni and well-wishers of the university. “This day is not only an occasion to celebrate but also to express our indebtedness and gratitude to the illustrious community leaders who strove hard to get MAO College upgraded into Aligarh Muslim University,” he said.
Jawed Ahmad, AMUAAQ president, delivered the welcome address including a brief about Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the university. He reiterated a long-standing demand to the government of India to confer Sir Syed with Bharat Ratna in recognition of his contributions to the development of the nation towards education and communal harmony.
Meanwhile, AMUAAQ launched its mobile app and membership card. Dr Ashna Nusrat, AMUAAQ chief joint secretary, announced the result of an online painting and quiz competition. Some community leaders and committee members were honoured with mementos. Video messages from the worldwide alumni and entrepreneurs were also shared online.
Best Parenting Award 2020 was given to Ghazala Yasmin and Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani for their daughter Sara’s outstanding performance. The painting competition was won by Kahkashan from Dehradun in India. The photography competition was won by Necesar T Templonuevo from Qatar. In the end, Faisal Naseem, AMUAAQ vice president, thanked all the guests and attendees.
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